The 2021 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 Labor, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, and Global Insurance Services practices, along with outstanding individual lawyers throughout the firm.
Upstate New York
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 City of Troy, New York, in all of its labor and employment matters, including in negotiations with the Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association over its demands for a retroactive pay increase. One client noted in the ranking that Goldberg Segalla attorneys are “great business partners” while another claimed that they are “knowledgeable of the law, efficient, and very effective.”
A few upstate New York-based leaders in Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor practice also earned recognition among the guide’s rankings of individual attorneys.
Sean P. Beiter (Band 1) was identified by his peers as “highly engaged and professional.” 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) was recognized for advising a “wide range of employers on matters including discrimination and harassment claims.” Her clients called her “super responsive” and “very detailed.”
Manhattan-based partner Jacqueline K. Siegel earned recognition on the New York Labor and Employment list for Up and Coming attorneys. She is noted for being “professional, extremely capable, savvy, and has an extremely strong understanding of employment law” and as an “amazing communicator and very detailed in her assessment of matters.”
Goldberg Segalla also received a Band 5 ranking for Labor and Employment in California. The firm’s California Employment and Labor practice is noted for its “adroit handling of contentious and advisory labor and employment mandates,” Chambers writes. “Particularly well versed in handling sexual harassment and discrimination investigations and lawsuits, and also noted for its expertise in wage and hour matters. Advises clients in the media and entertainment, leisure and professional services industries, among others.” One interviewee said that Goldberg Segalla attorneys are “smart, responsive, able to adapt, and good at coming up with alternative strategies to get the best results.”
For the seventh 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.”
Clients had high praise to share with Chambers:
“They are thorough in their explanations and forthright with providing recommendations.”
“The team is very on top of the file and super, super knowledgeable.”
In addition, Business and Commercial Co-Chair Christopher J. Belter was ranked in Band 3 for individual attorneys. Chris was highlighted for being “very knowledgeable and very professional,” 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.”