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 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 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 advises clients with respect to:

  • Drafting employment agreements and separation agreements.
  • Assisting with wage and hour audits and internal investigations
  • Discrimination and contractual claims
  • Employment-related disputes leading to mediation or litigation
  • Union organizing efforts and elections, grievances, and collective bargaining

A former high school teacher and current adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Law School, Matthew’s clients in the education sector benefit from 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 Ann 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 Minnesota’s Volunteer Lawyers Network, Immigrant Law Center, and the Advocates for Human Rights.

Experience

Employment

Matthew’s recent employment counseling and litigation experience includes:

  • Providing counsel to a variety of businesses on more than numerous discrimination charges and successfully resolving the issues through mediation, litigation, and favorable settlement.
  • Assisting employers to favorable outcome with an FLSA wage-and-hour audit.
  • Working with numerous employers to receive findings of no probable cause on state claims of discrimination in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.
  • Crafting employment handbooks and policies for clients ranging from a brewery, healthcare organizations, and colleges, to factories, restaurants, and transportation companies.
  • 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.

General Litigation

Matthew’s recent experience in general litigation matters includes:

  • Prevailed in a bench trial for a medical device services company in a case alleging workers’ compensation retaliation claims.
  • Favorably settled a federal noncompetition and nonsolicitation lawsuit for a manufacturing client, which included extending the former employee’s noncompetition agreement.
  • 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.
  • Successfully argued a motion to dismiss all claims, including First and Fourteenth Amendment claims, in federal court for a Twin Cities neighborhood organization.
  • Drafted portions of a successful state court appellate brief to uphold a multimillion-dollar judgment and injunction arising out of trade secret misappropriation.
  • Prevailed on a housing court eviction matter and securing an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.
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