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Peter C. Godfrey

Partner, Wage & Hour and Worker Classification & Employment Tax Practices Leader

Industry Groups

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

B.A., Villanova University 

J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Peter concentrates his practice on management-side labor and employment law and employment tax issues. He represents employers in matters such as wage and hour litigation, including class actions, labor negotiations and arbitrations, employment taxation and worker classification matters, executive compensation and non-compete matters, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and other employment-related litigation and employment-related contracts. He also has substantial experience in advising employers on labor and employment law issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and reductions in force. Peter practices regularly before federal and state courts and before numerous administrative agencies, including the federal and state departments of labor, tax agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Peter is the town attorney for the Town of Grand Island, New York. He has also served as the firm's diversity partner and as a member of the firm's board of directors and its Compensation Committee.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management)

Peter has assisted more than 100 clients of the firm with disputes related to the classification of workers and has extensive experience litigating these issues before the federal and state regulatory agencies charged with enforcement of employment tax. He has also has successfully represented scores of clients in audits by the federal and state departments of labor regarding issues such as the exempt status of certain workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other wage and hour claims, and he serves as regular labor counsel to a number of hospitals, nursing homes, and home care agencies. Additionally, Peter has served as lead labor counsel on numerous significant corporate transactions, including:



Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Erie County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Labor Employment Relations Association 

Community & Pro Bono

  • Buffalo Yacht Club board of directors 
  • Past director, Buffalo Canoe Club