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 coordinator of the Employment & Labor Practice Group for the Columbus office.

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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 2019)
    • 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
UPDATE 2: Texas Legislature and Courts Clash With Cities Over Mandatory Sick Leave: What Employers Need to Know
By Courtney B. Warren
November 26, 2019
This is an update to previous posts from June 24, 2019 and July 31, 2019. On Friday, November 22, Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai ordered that San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, be...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Not Dead Yet: The States' New Strategy for Attacking Independent Contractor Misclassification Can Be Relentless — and Costly.
By Todd H. Lebowitz
November 20, 2019
For years, state governments have claimed they were losing hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid withholdings as a result of independent contractor misclassification. Now, one state is making a grab for a massive piece of that pie —...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York City Extends NYCHRL Employment Protections to Freelancers and Independent Contractors
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amy J. Traub
November 18, 2019
On Oct. 13, 2019, New York City enacted Int. 136-A (the Law), expanding the employment protections of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to freelancers and independent contractors. The Law will take effect on Jan. 11, 2020. The...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Court of Appeal Determines Customer of Staffing Agency Is Employer Because of Direction and Control
By Eric W. Witt
November 8, 2019
In Jimenez v. U.S. Continental Marketing, Inc., the California Court of Appeal addressed whether the plaintiff and appellant, Elvia Velasco Jimenez, was an “employee” of a contracting employer under the California Fair Employment and...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Ahead of 2020 Election, New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin and Immigration Status Discrimination
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 21, 2019
Immigration has been at the forefront of news reports and court cases recently, and has already proven to be a hot button issue for the 2020 election candidates to debate. As we move closer to the election, such political conversation may...
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