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With his clients Pete gets right in the thick of things. From whatever direction difficult labor situations arise, Pete will pivot and figure out how to avoid or address it. He is who clients want on their team. 

Creating effective strategies to avoid liability, reduce exposure or proactive plans to meet clients’ objectives, Pete counsels and represents employers in:  

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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, 2021 (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

  • 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
  • Are College Athletes Also Employees Under the National Labor Relations Act: The Northwestern Case and Beyond, Labor and Employment Relations Association Central New York Chapter, October 8, 2015
  • Legal Update, 2015 Upstate New York Healthcare Human Resources Conference: Forging Ahead in HR, September 17, 2015
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section: Fasten Your Seatbelt - The NLRB's Pending Cases Could Signal Dramatic Changes, September 12, 2014
  • Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York: Implications of the NLRB Regional Director's Decision That Scholarship Football Players Are Employees Under the National Labor Relations Act, August 11, 2014
  • College and University Professionals Association (CUPA), Human Resources, Eastern Region Conference: The Fair Labor Standards Act for Colleges and University, March 24, 2014
  • Bond, Schoeneck & King's In-House Counsel CLE Series: Labor and Employment Law Insights - Examining the Impact of Recent Developments on the Workplace, November 20, 2013

  • 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
  • Quoted in “The Meaning of the NLRB Ruling on Company Email Usage for Union Organizing,” Business Journal News Network, January 9, 2015
  • "National Labor Relations Board Reissues Proposed Rule On “Quickie” Elections - Are You Prepared?," Manufacturing Matters Legal Update, March 2014
  • "New York Federal Court Dismisses Sexual Harassment Claim of Unpaid Intern - Time to Examine Your Policies and Practices Regarding Interns," Manufacturing Matters Legal Update, December 2013
  • "New York Amends Smoking Law  Hospital and Residential Health Care Employers Affected," New York Employment Law Newsletter, October 2013
  • Jones and Gaal, "Disability Discrimination in Higher Education," 28 Journal of College and University Law 435

  • General Counsel, New York State Golf Association