Matt is a partner in the Labor & Employment practice group. He primarily focuses his practice on advising government contractors and subcontractors on all aspects of their employment-related obligations under federal, state and local laws and regulations. Matt possesses significant experience defending contractors during compliance audits from the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, as well as guiding contractors on fulfilling their affirmative action obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. He also regularly advises contractors on wage & hour issues under the Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and state prevailing wage laws.

Outside of issues unique to government contractors, Matt also maintains an active practice litigating and counseling management clients on a broad range of employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, workers’ compensation, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. He regularly appears in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the Industrial Commission of Ohio. Matt is highly-knowledgeable in matters arising under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, and Title 41 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Matt was an Attorney Advisor to The Honorable Alice M. Craft of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, where he handled matters involving whistleblower complaints, wage and hour disputes, and workers compensation claims arising under a number of federal laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Defense Base Act, and the Service Contract Act.

  • Received a 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Labor and Employment Law-Management; included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law-Management
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law Leadership Award
  • Don M. Larrabee Prize for the Best Thesis on History
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Alpha Chapter House Corporation of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Inc., board member, 2009 to 2015
  • The HUGS Foundation, board member, 2016 to present