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Peter C. Godfrey

Partner, Wage & Hour and Worker Classification & Employment Tax Practices Leader
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

Villanova University, B.A. 

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

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, discrimination 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 recently served as a member of the Firm's Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, and as the Firm's Diversity Partner.

Peter exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year (Labor Law - Management) 2019
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management) 2019, 2020
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019



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, Director
  • Past director, Buffalo Canoe Club