Matthew Grabell provides employers with representation and counsel in matters related to employment and employee benefits law.

His practice is focused on ERISA litigation, labor and employment litigation, and general ERISA compliance matters including investment related matters. Matthew previously worked at a boutique firm that specialized in representing multi-employer Taft-Hartley Funds. In that position, he successfully represented the interests of Taft-Hartley Funds in both state and federal court, including bankruptcy court. He has extensive experience in complex litigation matters and has pursued alter ego, single employer, and successor liability claims for many clients. Matthew has also successfully defended Taft-Hartley Funds in litigation involving denial of benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims. The clients Matthew has represented operate in various industries including but not limited to construction, service, and transportation.

Matthew is comfortable advocating for his clients through all phases of a lawsuit, including skillfully drafting all pleadings (including motions for summary judgment), arguing on behalf of his clients. He also regularly takes and defends depositions in order to put clients in the most advantageous position in employment law disputes. Additionally, Matthew has experience working on numerous appeals that have arisen during his tenure.

​In addition to ERISA litigation, Matthew has experience advising clients on questions regarding fiduciary liability insurance and fidelity bond coverage issues. He also routinely reviews and negotiates investment contracts for his clients to ensure they invest on the best possible terms they can obtain.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended class certification on behalf of a credit processing company accused of mismanaging its pension plan. Federal judge ruled that the plaintiff had not proven that the proposed classes contained enough individuals to be certified as a class action.  
  • Defended denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits brought by participants against health and welfare and pension plans.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of numerous construction industry employee benefit funds in complex alter ego, successor, and single employer liability cases.
  • Assisted a multi-employer benefit fund in obtaining a successful ruling in the United States Court for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in enforcing a collective bargaining agreement that was not signed by an employer under the Labor Management Relations Act.
  • Assisted clients in negotiating service provider contracts and investment management agreements.
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch - Labor and Employment Law - Management and
    Litigation - Labor and Employment (2022)