Hugh C. Carlin

Hugh C. Carlin

Attorney at Law


716-854-4300 x 240


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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

Attorney Bio

Hugh Carlin’s practice includes wide ranging federal and state court experience in civil litigation within employment law, environmental defense, class actions, product liability defense, corporate dissolution and shareholder disputes, “business divorce,” breach of contract, OSHA and insurance coverage disputes.

Hugh’s experience includes representing 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. He has defended client 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.

Hugh counsels employers on recent developments in employment law, and the implementation of policies and procedures which enable employers to be in compliance with federal and state laws.

Under Hugh’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.


  • University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York J.D., 1987
  • State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York, B.M., 1980
  • Columbia University Teachers College M.A., 1982

Professional Association

  • Erie County Bar Association, Member (Committees: Labor Law, Federal Practice and Environmental Law)

Professional Recognition

  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management, by Best Lawyers in America 2022
  • Named Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America 2021
  • Selected by Best Lawyers In America/New York Area's Best Lawyers 2009-2020
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected by New York Super Lawyers Upstate List, 2013–2021
  • Business First Western New York Legal Elite, 2018

News & Presentations

  • Lecturer, “Trucking Accidents: Taking a Pro-Active Approach to Transportation,” New York State Motor Truck Association, 2002
  • Protecting Your Company's Most Valuable Assets: Your People and Your Proprietary Information, 2006
  • Meeting the Challenge of Workplace Technology, 2010
  • Social Media in the Workplace, 2011
2021 Best Lawyers®
2021 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year
2022 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers 2022
SL 2021
2018 Buffalo Business First Legal Elite
AV Preeminent Peer Rated 2017
2012 Who's Who in Law
2018 Best Lawyers
Super Lawyers