Matthew P. Webster

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From small, privately held employers to public and international corporations, companies doing business in Minnesota and the Midwest region turn to Matthew Webster for litigation expertise and for legal counsel to help them grow, maintain, and protect a strong workforce.

An employment and labor law attorney based in Gray Plant Mooty’s Minneapolis office, Matthew is an experienced employment litigator who assists clients in protecting their trade secrets and business as well as meeting their goals through all phases of litigation. He is also a trusted legal advisor to business clients of all types, with a special emphasis on serving the unique employment and labor needs of organizations in the education, transportation, service, and construction industries, as well as nonprofits and small businesses of all types.

He routinely represents and advises clients with respect to:

  • Crafting policies to retain an effective and collegial workplace culture
  • Drafting employment agreements and separation agreements
  • Assisting with wage and hour audits and internal investigations
  • Discrimination and contractual claims
  • Conducting workplace trainings on topics from harassment to compliance and legal updates
  • Employment-related disputes leading to mediation or litigation
  • Union organizing efforts and elections, grievances, and collective bargaining

As a former high school teacher and current adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School, Matthew serves his clients in the education sector by drawing on his unique experience as an educator. He counsels a variety of public, private, and religiously affiliated colleges and universities in Minnesota, across the Midwest, and nationwide with all facets of their employment labor needs.

In addition, his vast pro bono experience in immigration law benefits business clients seeking special employment advice related to immigration policies and compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew served as a clerk for the Honorable Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. While in law school, he worked for the University of Minnesota on employment-based immigration applications involving university faculty.

A dedicated pro bono attorney, Matthew assisted migrant farmworkers with numerous legal issues while working for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and is a regular volunteer with the Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesota’s Volunteer Lawyers Network, and the Immigrant Law Center.

Experience

Employment

Matthew’s recent employment counseling and litigation experience includes:

  • Providing counsel to a variety of businesses on numerous state and federal discrimination charges and successfully resolving the issues through mediation, litigation, negotiation and favorable settlement.
  • Assisting employers to favorable outcomes with FLSA wage-and-hour audits.
  • Crafting employment handbooks and policies for clients ranging from breweries, healthcare organizations, neighborhood organizations and colleges, to factories, restaurants, and transportation companies.
  • Advising employers on legal compliance related to FMLA leave requests, workers’ compensation claims, and ADA disability accommodations.
  • Successfully negotiating workers’ compensation claims for companies doing business in the Midwest.

Labor

Among Matthew’s recent labor law experience, he:

  • Helped a Midwest credit union achieve a rare union decertification decision.
  • Counseled a charter school through a union election and with its first union teacher contract.
  • Advised a university in all aspects of its successful union election campaign.
  • Regularly counsels employers through all facets of union elections, union avoidance, union negotiations, grievances, and arbitrations.

Litigation

Matthew’s recent experience in litigation matters includes:

  • Successfully defended a neighborhood organization against First and Fourteenth Amendment claims in federal district court and courts of appeal.
  • Prevailed on dismissing all claims brought against a hospital by its former human resources manager.
  • Favorably settled a federal noncompetition and nonsolicitation lawsuit for a manufacturing client, which included extending the former employee’s noncompetition agreement.
  • Prevailed in a bench trial for a medical device services company in a case alleging workers’ compensation retaliation claims.
  • Represented a staffing company in defense of a nationwide collective action alleging FLSA overtime wage violations by successfully decertifying class certification on all claims and dismissing all claims on summary judgment. 
  • Drafted successful state court appellate brief to uphold a multimillion-dollar judgment and injunction arising out of trade secret misappropriation.
  • Succeeded on a housing court eviction matter and secured an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.
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