Matt Clark has focused his legal career on representing and advising management clients in complex labor relations and employment law matters.

Matt has a broad range of experience in employment law litigation including routinely defending clients in claims alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage & hour violations, filed in both federal and state courts. His experience has also allowed him to appear before numerous federal and state agencies on behalf of clients, including the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Labor - Employee Benefits Security Administration, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the New Jersey Division on Human Rights, the New York State Division on Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System, as well as numerous private arbitrators and mediators.

While he is no stranger to litigating a case or representing a client in an administrative agency proceeding, Matt also focuses on providing preventive guidance to help employers avoid public disputes and the courtroom. He gives prompt and effective advice on an almost daily basis on issues including internal investigations, dispute resolution, workplace policy development and implementation, internal and agency audits, employee benefits, and discipline and discharge matters in both private and unionized workplaces. 

Matt is also comfortable handling labor relations matters for clients, having previously collectively bargained on behalf of clients, appeared as counsel in administrative tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. 

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Matt was an associate with a focus on employment and labor litigation in the New York office of a national general practice firm. While earning his J.D. and Certificate in Workplace Law, Matt devoted time to editorial efforts for the Transportation Law Journal, serving as Staff Editor and later as Executive Articles Editor.            

Representative Experience
  • Represented a condominium association in an unfair labor practice proceeding before the National Labor Relations Board.  Obtained dismissal of claims an employee was terminated in retaliation for alleged union organization and advocacy efforts.
  • Represented an independent contractors’ cooperative and shipping company in an action brought by a former cooperative member seeking to void arbitration agreement.  Obtained relief compelling former cooperative member to litigate his claims under terms of arbitration agreement.
  • Represented an educational services non-profit in an administrative charge of discrimination matter before the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  Obtained administrative dismissal of charge of disability discrimination and claims of retaliation based on employee’s refusal to participate in remote work during COVID pandemic.  
  • Represented a community health services non-profit in an administrative charge of discrimination matter before the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  Obtained administrative dismissal of charge of gender identity discrimination based on requirement that all employees undergo pre-employment physical examination.  
Honors & Awards
  • “New Jersey Rising Star” listed in Super Lawyers magazine (2022)
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