MatthewGagnon

Partner

Matt has the rare combination of knowledge, experience, and judgment to lead employers through the complexity of large, high-stakes class action litigation to successful, goal-oriented outcomes.


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Employers often find themselves defending large workplace class and collective actions alleging broad theories of discrimination or wage-and-hour violations. Clients look to Matt to develop practical legal strategies, and exercise critical legal judgment to handle the thousands of matters that drive successful outcomes.

Matt's practice focuses on defending employers against complex class and collective action litigation arising under federal and state wage and hour and anti-discrimination laws, as well as government-initiated investigations and litigation. He has extensive experience defending clients with a national presence in a wide range of industries, including franchisors, hospitality and restaurant companies, staffing companies, retailers, financial institutions, and education companies. His expertise covers the full scope of claims and theories arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ADEA, and the ADA.

Matt's extensive experience defending some of the largest, highest-stakes workplace class action cases has given him the knowledge and skills to steer these cases toward a successful resolution. For instance, he has successfully defended franchisors against claims that they should be held liable, along with their franchisees, as a joint-employer of franchisee employees. This theory, had it been successful, would have upended the entire franchise business model. Matt has also successfully defended clients against discrimination claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and private litigants alleging race, gender, and age discrimination on behalf of large, nationwide classes.

Matt relies on his vast experience and knowledge to anticipate and prepare for the inevitable difficulties that come with complicated class action litigation. Where most attorneys plan one or two moves out, Matt's comparative advantage is his ability to think all the way to the end game, and see every decision within the context of the ultimate goal and resolution.

At Seyfarth, Matt is proud to work with clients to develop and implement litigation defense plans that fit with and advance their larger strategic goals and objectives.

  • JD, Columbia University Law School

    Columbia Human Rights Law Review articles editor
    Public Interest Law Initiative intern in Transitional Societies
    Tenants' Rights Project

  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • US District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Western District of Tennessee