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Hugh Carlin's practice includes wide ranging federal and state court experience in civil litigation within the following substantive areas: employment law, environmental defense, class actions, product liability defense, corporate dissolution and shareholder disputes "business divorce", breach of contract, OSHA and insurance coverage disputes.

Matters handled include responsibility from case intake through trial including legal analysis and development of strategies, pleadings, motions, depositions, oral advocacy, interlocutory appeals, court appearances, settlement negotiations and jury and non-jury trials.

Mr. Carlin's extensive experience in the area of employment law includes the representation of employers in connection with claims raised under federal and state civil rights law including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Title IX, and the New York State Human Rights Law. Mr. Carlin has appeared on behalf of numerous clients in the defense of claims of unlawful discrimination in federal and state courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Mr. Carlin also counsels employers on recent developments in the area of employment law and the implementation of policies and procedures which enable employers to be in compliance with federal and state laws as well as being pro-active with respect to the prevention or early resolution of potential claims by employees. Mr. Carlin actively speaks on the ever evolving challenges of workplace technology including those presented through piracy, social media, such as facebook, privacy and security document retention issues.

Under Mr. Carlin's leadership, the firm earned a first tier ranking for Labor and Employment Law by U.S. News and World Reportfor 2011 and 2012.


Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 20%
  2. Class Action: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%
  5. Employment: 20%

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Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan, P.C.

465 Main Street
Suite 600
Buffalo, NY, 14203


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GAInactive Member in Good Standing 199707/15/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of Erie CountyMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BNA publicationsLawsuits Highlight Social Media Quandary: Who Owns Accounts, Company or Employee?2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Columbia UniversityN/AMA - Masters1982
State University of New York, College at FredoniaN/AB.M1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Media in the WorkplaceSocial Media in the Workplace2011
Meeting the Challenge of Workplace TechnologyMeeting the Challenge of Workplace Technology2010
New York State Motor Truck AssociationTrucking Accidents: Taking a Pro-Active Approach to Transportation2002
UnknownProtecting Your Company's Good Name and Good Will2001
Business InstituteDefending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under New York Law1997
Counsel on Education in ManagementThe Employer's Right to Employee 'Private' Information1996