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Goldberg Segalla Sees Employment and Labor, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Rankings in 2020 Chambers USA


Goldberg Segalla Sees Employment and Labor, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Rankings in 2020 Chambers USA

The 2020 edition of Chambers USA, the annual guidebook to the best lawyers and law firms in the U.S., saw top placement and individual recognitions for Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and LaborCommercial Litigation and Arbitration, and Global Insurance Services practices, along with outstanding individual lawyers throughout the firm.


Goldberg Segalla earned a Band 2 ranking for Labor and Employment in Upstate New York. The firm’s Upstate New York Employment and Labor practice is a “[r]espected group known for its representation of municipalities across upstate New York, handling day-to-day employment counseling, litigation and traditional labor services,” Chambers noted. The group “[e]xhibits strengths in a number of areas, from dismissal challenges to a diverse range of discrimination claims as well as handling labor relations, including employment contracts, collective bargaining and pension fund negotiations,” and “[o]ffers additional expertise in the manufacturing and transportation sectors as well as counseling school districts and housing providers.”

The ranking highlighted the firm’s representation of Global Concepts Charter School in the defense of a suit by its former CFO alleging wrongful termination based on discrimination and union activity. One client quotes in the ranking noted that Goldberg Segalla is “A solid firm with terrific lawyers” while another claimed that “The firm’s partnership is invaluable to our business.”

Several upstate New York-based leaders in Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor practice also earn recognition among the guide’s rankings of individual attorneys.

Sean P. Beiter (Band 1) was identified by his peers as “a very good lawyer with a broad practice.” Chambers calls out his traditional employment law work as well as union-related matters such as handling collective bargaining agreements.

Kristin Klein Wheaton (Band 2) is recognized for advising a “wide range of employers on matters including discrimination and harassment claims.” Her clients called her “amazing” and “responsive and knowledgeable.”

Matthew C. Van Vessem (Band 3) is noted for his “vast experience in employment-related dispute resolution, both in and out of court,” with clients including nonprofits, municipal bodies, and educational institutions.


For the sixth consecutive year, Goldberg Segalla ranks among the preeminent law firms in the General Commercial Litigation category for Upstate New York in Chambers USA, placing in Band 2.

A “[l]arge commercial litigation team with experience across a breadth of contentious business matters,” Chambers noted the firm’s upstate Commercial Litigation practice for “[s]pecialist advice [ranging] from day-to-day and regulatory guidance to litigation derived from multijurisdictional transactions, with notable expertise in shareholder litigation, class actions and intellectual property disputes.” Chambers said the firm is “well placed to represent clients from a broad range of industries and sectors, including financial services, construction, retail and agriculture” as well as in “the sports and entertainment sphere.” The directory highlighted the firm’s work defending Verisma Systems against a putative class action.

Clients had high praise to share with Chambers:

  • “They compare favorably, especially from a professionalism level, and they are very cost-conscious.”
  • “They’re very service-oriented and they value the partnership we’ve cultivated.”
  • “They understand our people and are incredibly cost-effective.”

In addition, Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Chair Christopher J. Belter was ranked in Band 3 for individual attorneys. Chris was highlighted for his abilities as “an incredible writer,” according to one client. Chambers noted his “in-depth expertise in contentious construction matters, alongside wider strengths in securities litigation and energy disputes.”


Philadelphia-based partner Michael A. Hamilton earned recognition in Band 3 for Chambers USA’s Pennsylvania Insurance directory. The guide noted his “vast experience in insurance coverage claims, liability issues and commercial litigation. Sources deem him to be ‘smart and hard-working’ and ‘an excellent attorney who is an expert in his field.’”