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Hugh C. Carlin

Hugh C. Carlin

Contact Information

716-854-4300, x 240
416-221-5600 (Toronto)
866-893-2003 (Toll-Free)


Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Discrimination
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Business Dissolutions 
  • "Business Divorce" 
  • Unfair Competition
  • Environmental Law and Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, 1988
  • Admitted pro hac vice to various federal and state courts in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Texas


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 Report for 2011 and 2012.


AV Rated


University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
J.D. - 1987

Columbia University Teachers College
M.A. - 1982

State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
B.M. - 1980

Honors & Awards

Selected, Best Lawyers In America/New York Area's Best Lawyers 2009 - 2016

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected, New York Super Lawyers Upstate List, 2013 - 2017


Erie County Bar Association, Member

  • Labor Law, Federal Practice and Environmental Law Committees


Social Media in the Workplace, 2011

Meeting the Challenge of Workplace Technology, 2010

Protecting Your Company's Most Valuable Assets: Your People and Your Proprietary Information, 2006

Lecturer, "Trucking Accidents: Taking a Pro-Active Approach to Transportation", New York State Motor Truck Association, 2002

"Protecting Your Company's Good Name and Good Will", 2001

"Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under New York Law", National Business Institute, 1997

"The Employer's Right to Employee 'Private' Information", Counsel on Education in Management, 1996