Matthew W. Hoyt

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Matt Hoyt combines employment law knowledge, jury trial experience and a proven track record in business immigration matters to offer clients a comprehensive approach to workplace issues. Matt seeks not just to react to requests for legal advice, but to be proactive and make every effort to provide clients with important information in advance so that business decisions are informed and optimal. Matt offers an attorney-driven focus on each immigration matter and applies a 360-degree approach, ensuring not only that visas and green cards are successfully processed, but that matters are handled timely, efficiently and with a zero tolerance policy of strict compliance.

Matt is a frequent speaker and author on topical employment and immigration developments, including through BakerHostetler’s “Employment Law Spotlight” blog. Matt is also a contributing author to Mergers & Acquisitions in the United States: A Practical Guide for Non-U.S. Buyers, a treatise for Aspen Publishers by Elliot J. Feldman. He is also the Columbus Labor and Employment Leader and leader of BakerHostetler’s Immigration team.

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  • Defended a Fortune 500 client at trial against alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to accommodate, discrimination and retaliation. The trial was one of the few to involve the “cat’s paw” theory of liability under the ADA since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital
  • Has obtained O-1 extraordinary ability work visas for executives of major financial services companies, J-1 visa waivers for foreign physicians, E-2 visas for foreign investors, and hundreds of H-1B and L-1 work visas in specialties ranging from information technology to hospitality to health care. In this context, he has counseled individuals through the entire process, from the first work visa to permanent residence (“green card”) to U.S. citizenship.
  • Has obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and favorable settlements for companies victimized by departing employees’ misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of noncompetition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenants. In one such matter, he was able to secure immediate injunctive relief after a company’s local manager coordinated a mass, unannounced resignation of nearly his entire office staff and started a competing business bearing a similar trade name. 
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Experience

  • Defended a Fortune 500 client at trial against alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to accommodate, discrimination and retaliation. The trial was one of the few to involve the “cat’s paw” theory of liability under the ADA since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital
  • Has obtained O-1 extraordinary ability work visas for executives of major financial services companies, J-1 visa waivers for foreign physicians, E-2 visas for foreign investors, and hundreds of H-1B and L-1 work visas in specialties ranging from information technology to hospitality to health care. In this context, he has counseled individuals through the entire process, from the first work visa to permanent residence (“green card”) to U.S. citizenship.
  • Has obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and favorable settlements for companies victimized by departing employees’ misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of noncompetition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenants. In one such matter, he was able to secure immediate injunctive relief after a company’s local manager coordinated a mass, unannounced resignation of nearly his entire office staff and started a competing business bearing a similar trade name. 
  • Has obtained P-1 visas for professional athletes and their essential support personnel in the IndyCar and NASCAR series.
  • During a trial for workplace defamation, obtained a unanimous jury verdict for a large automobile manufacturer on behalf of its employees who had testified against the plaintiffs – who were the employees’ coworkers – during a workplace investigation. 
  • Secured a ruling in favor of an airline client in an administrative hearing before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission alleging race and sex discrimination. 
  • Secured a National Interest Waiver green card for a young physician and cancer researcher, which allowed her to obtain permanent residence status on an expedited track to live and work in the U.S. The physician was in the early stages of her career but, compared to her peer group of young physicians, she demonstrated the potential to contribute at a high level to the field of cancer research. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2017 to 2020)
    • Recommended in Immigration

Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association: Barrister Leaders Program

Community

  • Southeast, Inc., Healthcare Services
    • Board President (2010 to present)
    • Board of Directors (2003 to present)

Emerging Issues

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2000
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1996

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
AB 2457: A Potential Helping Hand for California Employers in a Time of Need
By Shareef Farag, Carter L. Norfleet
June 3, 2020
With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 forcing businesses to shut their doors for months, coupled with resulting furloughs and layoffs, California employers could use a helping hand. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Wage and Hour Division Issues Two Employer-Friendly Rules
By Shareef Farag, David A. Grant
May 22, 2020
This week, the Wage and Hour Division announced the issuance of two rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that modernize its application and lessen the burden of overtime calculations for certain employers. First, the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New Jersey's Expansion of Family Leave for COVID-19
By Fanny A. Ferdman
April 20, 2020
On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2374) to expand the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA). The basic idea behind it is to ensure that eligible employees who need to take time off to care for a family member during the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law
By Fanny A. Ferdman, Saima Z. Sheikh
April 9, 2020
Just weeks after New York state implemented an Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law, late last week, New York state passed a statewide paid sick leave (State PSL) law as part of its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. The new law, which adds...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19
By Saima Z. Sheikh, Amy J. Traub
March 19, 2020
Last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a bill into law that provides statewide paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic to employees in order “to address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are...
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