Goldberg Segalla’s Matthew C. Van Vessem, a partner based in the firm’s Buffalo office, sat down with Business First for a discussion about the new challenges that his clients in the health care sector are facing, and the many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to adapt.
Business First asked Matt about ways that the pandemic has altered the practice of labor and employment law, new challenges facing his clients in health care, and his predictions for the future of the sector.
“I think I’ve had much more frequent contact with my clients,” Matt said. “While my area of practice has always required close working relationships, I see the challenges brought by the pandemic strengthening those ties. We are working together, solving problems since my health-care clients are dealing with a dizzying number of issues daily.”
Matthew C. Van Vessem concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, employee discipline, collective bargaining, New York State Education Law, and municipal law. He represents private and public sector clients—including many of the largest employers in Western New York—in administrative and legal proceedings, including labor arbitrations, agency hearings, and state and federal court litigation. His clients include numerous cities, towns, and other municipalities; school districts and boards of education; and police and fire departments, hospitals, and transit authorities. Before entering private practice, Matt was assistant corporation counsel for the City of Buffalo. He is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor, Municipal and Government Law, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, Health Care, Education, and Commercial Litigation practices.