Heather A. Giambra, Esq.
Heather A. Giambra

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Litigation
  • Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration Law
  • Wage and Hour Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York

Honors

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyer, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Magazine

Biography

Ms. Giambra represents public and private sector employers in a variety of labor and employment matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Her traditional labor practice includes collective bargaining, contract administration, arbitration hearings and representation of employers before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board. She also represents employers in litigation involving, among other statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the New York State Taylor Law, the New York State Human Rights Law and New York State Labor Laws. A significant amount of Ms. Giambra's practice involves providing day-to-day counseling and advice to businesses to ensure compliance with labor and employment laws and assist them in making personnel decisions, drafting employer policies and handbooks and conducting internal investigations. Ms. Giambra also regularly provides training on labor and employment related issues and is a frequent speaker on a variety of issues relating to labor and employment law.

Education

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • State University of New York at Fredonia
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Presentations

  • Labor and Employment Law Update, New York State Chapter, Club Managers Association of America (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • #MeToo Movement, Special Ethical Considerations for Lawyers, University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association and Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association (2018)
  • The Family Medical Leave Act and the New York Paid Family Leave Act, New York State Government Finance Officers Association (2016)
  • Basics of Labor and Employment Law, Bar Association of Erie County, Life After Law School (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, New York State Bar Association, Annual Fall Meeting (2011)

In the Community

  • Kevin Guest House, Affaire of the Heart Fundraising Committee
  • UB Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Director, 2017 to Present
  • Center for Elder Law and Justice Board Member, 2018 to Present
  • Fin, Feather and Fur Association, Member; By-Laws Committee, 2018 to Present

Published Works

  • Author, A Primer on Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and Its Implementing Regulations, NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Journal

Professional Associations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Municipal Law Section, Chairperson, 2004 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, 2004 to Present
  • Organization of Public Employer Negotiators, 2006 to Present