Matthew L. Roberts

Partner

Columbus
T +1.614.462.2694
F +1.614.462.2616

Overview

Matt Roberts focuses his practice on employment counseling, litigation, and traditional labor matters. He provides counsel regarding organizational campaigns, collective bargaining, work stoppages, arbitration, employment policies and best practices, discrimination and harassment lawsuits, the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, as well as retaliation and whistleblower lawsuits.

A significant portion of Matt's practice is focused on representing management clients in the defense of whistleblower and retaliation claims and matters involving corporate investigations. He counsels clients on claims asserted under various whistleblower protection statutes, and has defended more than 70 whistleblower cases before administrative agencies, administrative law judges, administrative review boards and federal courts with favorable results.  

Experienced in a wide variety of traditional labor matters, Matt has helped coordinate local counsel across multiple states and jurisdictions to respond to national work stoppages and mass picketing disputes, and he has pursued and defended against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and the State Employment Relations Board. He has also pursued injunctions and damages in state and federal court.

In responding to organizational campaigns and representation petitions, Matt has coordinated research, analysis and strategy for a wide variety of private companies, municipalities, and public employers. Matt has also helped guide employers through complex grievance and arbitration issues and collective bargaining.

Matt provides counsel for all stages of employment litigation, including preliminary investigations, administrative proceedings and state and federal lawsuits. He has served as first or second chair on a number of successful multiweek hearings and arbitrations involving complex legal issues. He has taken the lead in preparing witnesses, drafting and delivering opening statements, developing and conducting direct and cross examinations, and drafting and organizing post-hearing memoranda.

The cases Matt has worked on range from single plaintiff retaliation lawsuits, to multimillion-dollar trade secrets and corporate raiding cases, to class actions seeking damages of a hundred million dollars or more.

Matt has also provided representation in affirmative and defensive litigation regarding claims for unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. He has helped numerous clients successfully obtain injunctive relief to protect trade secrets and enforce noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality agreements.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2012 to 2017)

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2005, cum laude
  • B.A., Roanoke College, 2002, summa cum laude, Salutatorian