Christopher Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public and private sector clients, Chris has handled matters involving discrimination claims, improper practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). He helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR).

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Chris worked in-house in a dual human resources and legal counsel role within a large community college in Western New York, where he helped draft and negotiate collective bargaining agreements, investigated grievances, and led internal investigations into employee attendance, performance, and harassment allegations. He also handled Freedom of Information Law requests, reasonable accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Chris concurrently earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he held several prestigious fellowships and scholarships. He was a judicial law clerk with the Hon. Frederick Marshall and an extern with the United States Equal Opportunity Commission’s Buffalo office. He also worked as a law clerk for a global private food manufacturing company, where he drafted employment agreements and non-disclosure agreements, and edited employee handbooks.

Chris, who finished in the top 10 percent of his M.B.A. class and completed the University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE™ certification program, is one of the founding members of the Buffalo MBA Consulting Group (BMC), Western New York's first pro bono consulting firm run by M.B.A. students. There, he provided management consultation services to a range of non- and for-profit businesses. From 2011 to 2014, Chris also participated in the WNY Prosperity Fellowship, a program which invests in the education of students possessing high potential to benefit the economic development of the region. He now serves on the Program’s Alumni Advisory Board.

Recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment and Labor law and honored for his accomplishments in the field of human resources, Chris has served as a guest lecturer on human resources and labor and employment law topics at Canisius College, Daemen College, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also regularly drafts Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor Alerts, and is an associate editor of the firm’s Professional Liability Matters blog, offering insights on employment practices liabilities.

Honors
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Employment and Labor, 2017–18
  • University at Buffalo School of Management Service to the School Achievement Award, 2018
  • University at Buffalo School of Management Career Resource Center Alumnus of the Year, 2016
  • University at Buffalo School of Management, 50 Most Engaged Alumni, 2015, 2016
  • Buffalo Jaycees Board Member of the Year, 2017
  • Buffalo Jaycees Outstanding Service Award, 2015
  • American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, 2014
  • Graduate Foundation Scholar of the National Society for Human Resources Management, 2011
  • WNY Labor and Employment Relations Scholar, 2010, 2011
  • William H. Wendel Memorial Award for Student Excellence in Human Resources Management, 2010
  • Buffalo-Niagara Human Resources Student of the Year nominee, 2010, 2011, 2013
Professional Affiliations
  • WNY Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association
  • Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
Community Involvement
  • Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce (Buffalo Jaycees), Legal Counsel to Board of Directors
  • WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program Alumni Advisory Board
  • University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE™ Alumni Advisory Council
  • University at Buffalo MBA Consulting Group, Advisory Board Member
  • University at Buffalo Young Alumni Leader Council (YALC)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, M.B.A., 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., summa cum laude, 2010 
Publications
Presentations
  • "#MeToo and Legislation Geared Toward the Prevention of Sexual Harassment" (Co-Presenter), NYSBA – Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section Meeting, New York, NY, October 18, 2018
  • "Latest Developments on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Public Workplace and the Effect of the #MeToo Movement" (Co-Presenter), NYSBA Local and State Government Section Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY, September 28, 2018
  • "Employee Leaves of Absence – Interplay Between the ADA and Statutory Leaves of Absences" (Co-Presenter), GS Webinar, September 26, 2018
  • "New York State Sexual Harassment Update" (Co-Presenter), Tokio Marine HCC Annual Claims Seminar, Plymouth, MI, September 6, 2018
  • "School Safety in WNY – Legal Roles and Critical Responsibilities" (Co-Presenter), Erie County Bar Association, Buffalo, NY June 1, 2018 
  • "New York State Sexual Harassment Update and Municipal Law Update" (Co-Presenter), County Attorney's Association of the State of New York Annual Conference, Cooperstown, NY, May 22, 2018
  • "New York State Legislation on Sexual Harassment" (Co-Presenter), GS Webinar, May 3, 2018
  • "Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law" (Co-Presenter), Employer Services Corporation, Buffalo, NY, March 1, 2018
  • "Labor and Employment: Wage and Hour Update" (Co-Presenter), Construction Law Webinar, November 16, 2017
  • "Labor and Employment Law Update Looking Ahead in 2017" (Co-Presenter), Navigating a New World: A 2017 Roadmap for Private Sector Employers, Buffalo NY, February 9, 2017
  • "Hot Topics & Recent Developments In Labor & Employment Law," New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, July 22, 2016