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Matt helps businesses solve people problems. As an employment counselor, Matt guides his clients through employment law compliance issues, including hiring and firing, employment policies, wage & hour compliance, and I-9 employment authorization compliance. He has spent considerable time counseling clients with respect to legal questions unique to transgender employees, and other cutting-edge legal issues, and has experience with personnel issues unique to the healthcare field. An experienced litigator, Matt has defended family businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts against discrimination, wage & hour, breach of contract and a variety of other employment-related claims and appeals.

Matt also counsels clients on legal problems that arise when companies—and their people—cross international borders. Matt handles all aspects of employment-based immigration, including obtaining work visas and green cards for his clients’ foreign-born talent, and helping entrepreneurs and companies opening U.S. offices obtain work visas for owners or key management personnel. Matt also advises clients on international personnel issues, including structuring employment, secondment and contractor relationships, personnel agreements, and income and corporate taxation issues that arise from moving or hiring personnel across international lines.

Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as Production Manager at a large book and magazine publishing company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he handled production, purchasing, logistics, and content translation, working closely with vendors and customers in the U.S.A., China, Singapore, Europe, and South Africa.

A Louisville native, Matt earned a B.A. in English from Xavier University with a Theater minor, and he was a founding member of an improvisational comedy troupe. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review, a member of the editorial staff of the renowned Human Rights Quarterly, and earned several academic distinctions. He has published legal articles in the areas of civil procedure and government regulation. Matt has performed with the Cincinnati Young Professionals Choral Collective pop choir group, sits on the board of the Denny Buehler Memorial Foundation, which raises money for financially distressed families facing catastrophic medical bills, and serves on the Young Professionals Board for Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, which is dedicated to providing legal services to nonprofits making a difference in our community.

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Education

Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2012, Summa Cum Laude
Managing Editor, University of Cincinnati Law Review, 2011-2012
Editorial Staff, Human Rights Quarterly, 2009-2012

Undergraduate School 

Xavier University, B.A, 2001, English, Cum Laude

Clerkship

Matt served as a clerk for the court and judge below:

Legal Intern for Honorable Chief Judge Susan J. Dlott, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2011

Bar Membership

Matt is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio

Courts

Matt is admitted to practice before the following court:

Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Order of the Coif, 2012

Norbert Heinsheimer Law Review Prize, 2012

George A. Dornette PR/Ethics Award, 2011

Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize, 2009

Ernest Karam Academic Achievement Award, 2009

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

GROW PBP – Pro Bono Partnership

Denny Buehler Memorial Foundation

Cincinnati Young Professionals Choral Collective

Junior Achievement Teacher, 2013

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), 2012

Major Publications

Matt is an author of the following publications:

Fixing Perlman: How the Misapplication of a 100 Year Old Doctrine Threatens to Undermine, Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, 79 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1631 (2011).

Beyond Son of Sam: Assessing Government’s First Tentative Steps Towards Regulating the Third-Party Murderabilia Marketplace, 80 University of Cincinnati Law Review 977 (2012).