Matthew W. Hoyt

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Matt Hoyt is the Leader of BakerHostetler’s Immigration practice team. Matt combines a proven track record in business immigration matters with substantial employment law knowledge and trial experience to offer clients a unique, comprehensive approach to global workplace issues.

Matt offers a practical and proactive approach to client legal needs, providing important information in a responsive manner so that business decisions are informed, optimal, and timely. Matt offers an attorney-driven focus on each immigration matter to ensure that visas and green cards are processed and 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 and BakerHostetler’s award-winning annual Master Class series. Matt was 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.

Matt is also the Columbus Labor and Employment Leader.

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Healthcare Immigration
  • Represents regional healthcare organizations in visa matters, green card sponsorships, and J-1 physician waivers.
Sports and Entertainment Immigration
  • Obtains P-1 visas for athletes and essential support personnel in the IndyCar and NASCAR auto racing series and in e-sports.
Other Business Immigration
  • Works with executives and managers to obtain O-1, L-1, H-1B visas and green cards.
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Experience

Healthcare Immigration
  • Represents regional healthcare organizations in visa matters, green card sponsorships, and J-1 physician waivers.
  • Conducts leading-edge work with cap-exempt H-1B visa petitions for hospitals, nonprofit healthcare organizations, and for-profit physician practices.
  • Assists foreign nation physicians in obtaining O-1 extraordinary ability work visas, J-1 visa waivers, H-1B visas, and green cards (PERM, NIW). Also assists healthcare providers and business professionals in obtaining O-1s, H-1Bs, TNs, and green cards.
Sports and Entertainment Immigration
  • Obtains P-1 visas for athletes and essential support personnel in the IndyCar and NASCAR auto racing series and in e-sports.
  • Represents world-renowned competitive sailors and coaches, including for the U.S. Olympic team, in obtaining O-1 visas.
  • Acquires O-1 visas and green cards for artists and entertainers.
Other Business Immigration
  • Works with executives and managers to obtain O-1, L-1, H-1B visas and green cards.
  • Handles process of acquiring E-2 visas for foreign investors and their employees.
  • Obtains H-1B, E-3, and L-1 work visas for specialized knowledge workers in information technology, consulting, hospitality, manufacturing and many other industries.
Immigration Appeals & Litigation
  • Handles administrative appeals and federal court litigation in cases where government agencies (e.g. U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) have wrongfully denied an immigration benefit.
I-9 and E-Verify Compliance
  • Provides day-to-day counseling for employers with difficult I-9 and E-Verify scenarios, training of HR staff, and assistance with internal audits and remediation.
Worksite Investigations
  • Defends companies in government I-9 investigations and enforcement proceedings, against allegations of citizenship status discrimination, and in wage and hour investigations.
Employment Litigation
  • First-chaired jury trials and administrative hearings against alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accusations of workplace defamation, and alleged race and sex discrimination.
  • Achieved a defense verdict in one of the first jury trials under the ADA to involve the “cat’s paw” theory of liability after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital.
Business Litigation
  • 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. One matter resulted in 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.
Advice and Counsel
  • Counsels employers on compliance with workplace laws and regulations, negotiation and termination of employment agreements, employee onboarding and discharge, and other human resources matters. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

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

Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Community

  • Advocating Opportunity: Pro Bono Legal Services Provider for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Worthington Youth Boosters: Travel Soccer and Basketball Coach
  • Southeast Health Care Services: Former Board President
  • Judicial Release Coalition: Pro Bono Legal Services Provider

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

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Pennsylvania Employers Beware: The State’s Highest Court Expands the Bounds of Compensable Time
July 22, 2021
In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that employers in the state must now pay employees for time spent on their premises when waiting for – and undergoing – required security searches. The court explained that this period...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Update on the NY HERO Act: What the NY COVID-19 Worker Protection Law Means for Employers
By Justin A. Guilfoyle
July 20, 2021
On May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. As discussed in an earlier BakerHostetler post, this law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Colorado Supreme Court Resolves ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It' Conundrum in Decision Providing Long-Awaited Clarity for Employers
By Jacob A. Bruner, Nathan A. Schacht
July 16, 2021
On June 14, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Nieto v. Clark’s Market, ruling that employers must pay out an employee’s earned but unused vacation pay upon separation of employment, even where an...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Florida's New Form I-9 & E-Verify Requirements
By Matthew W. Hoyt
January 20, 2021
Like many states before it, the State of Florida has enacted new requirements for mandatory use of E-Verify and expanded I-9 documentation requirements for private and public employers. The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2021...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Summary of National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10052 for H-1B and L-1 Visa Applicants
By Michelle D. Grimm, Matthew W. Hoyt
August 20, 2020
On June 22, President Trump took aggressive action impacting a wide group of temporary foreign national workers. In Presidential Proclamation 10052, President Trump suspended the entry of certain temporary workers who are outside the...
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