Profile

Pete counsels a broad spectrum of public and private sector employers in a variety of labor and employment-related contexts, including employment litigation in Federal and State courts and before the EEOC and Division of Human Rights, collective bargaining negotiations, wage and hour compliance and proceedings before administrative agencies and the courts, labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, strikes and picketing, and representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

In the public sector, he represents a number of municipalities in labor matters, including proceedings before PERB and compulsory interest arbitration under New York's Taylor Law.

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2009-2022 (listed for more than 10 years)
      • Lawyer of the Year - Syracuse, Labor Law - Management, 2013; 2018; 2022
      • Lawyer of the Year - Syracuse, Employment Law - Management, 2021
      • Lawyer of the Year - Syracuse, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2020
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor, 2022 (listed for more than 10 years)
    • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated
      • Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • CNY SHRM Board of Directors
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
  • Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

  • DC Briefing: Review of recent developments in the legal landscape that impacts US employers, Employment Law Alliance, September 13, 2022
  • Employment Matters Podcast, Episode 303: NLRA Employee Status of Players at Academic Institutions, Employment Law Alliance, October 14, 2021
  • Employment Matters Podcast, Episode 231: NLRB Developments Impacting Higher Education, Employment Law Alliance, March 29, 2021
  • 2020 Year in Review, Chambers and Partners Employment Series, December 9, 2020
  • Changes in Direction, Chambers and Partners Employment Series, November 17, 2020
  • NY Paid Sick Leave, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, October 28, 2020
  • Reopening Legal Issues Roundtable, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, June 4, 2020
  • The FFCRA and the CARES Act -- Simplifying the Key Employment Law Provisions, Law Firm Alliance, April 7, 2020
  • Legal Update, Upstate New York Healthcare Human Resource Conference, October 7, 2016
  • What the NLRB Ruling on Student Assistants Means for Private Colleges and Universities, Employment Law Alliance Webinar, September 13, 2016

  • Quoted in "Student-Athlete Employee Issue Just the Start for NLRB’s Counsel," Bloomberg Law, October 1, 2021
  • Quoted in "NLRB Ruling Blurs Line Between Students, Employees," Law360, August 23, 2016

  • General Counsel, New York State Golf Association