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Matthew J. McDonald

Partner | Litigation | Labor and Employment


Matthew J. McDonald represents businesses and executives in all aspects of employment and commercial litigation, particularly disputes concerning discrimination, retaliation, harassment, noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements, trade secrets, compensation, breaches of contract, defamation, and fraud. Matthew has extensive litigation experience, including trying cases in federal courts, dozens of arbitrations in numerous forums, and arguing appeals and injunctions. Matthew’s practice is nationwide, and has included matters in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts and before numerous federal and state agencies and departments including the EEOC, OSHA, DOL, FINRA and SEC.

Matthew leverages his litigation experience to assist businesses in avoiding lawsuits while achieving their business goals. Often Matthew’s greatest value is advising clients how to effectively mitigate a legal risk, instead of simply advising the client to abandon or delay a business goal.

Similarly, Matthew frequently works with clients to effectively protect their confidential, proprietary and trade secret information. Matthew has thus helped clients draft employment agreements and policies tailored to their particular needs and goals. Matthew has also given numerous presentations concerning the enforceability and effectiveness of non-competition agreements and the common mistakes employers make in applying one-size fits all restrictions to their employees.

Matthew has extensive experience litigating disputes concerning violations of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, thefts of trade secrets and breaches of an employee’s duty of loyalty. Matthew’s experience includes both pursuing and defending claims for monetary damages and injunctive relief against former employees and counseling individuals and prospective employers concerning their obligations and how best to avoid litigation. Matthew also regularly defends the full spectrum of discrimination and retaliation claims, including claims brought under Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, SOX and Dodd-Frank. Matthew also frequently represents business in commercial disputes seeking damages ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Matthew assists clients in a broad range of industries including within financial services, international importing, manufacturing, real estate, regulatory compliance, and technology. Matthew’s clients range in size from newly formed hedge funds and technology start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Matthew enjoys working with and advising both entrepreneurs incorporating their first company and litigating on behalf of multinational corporations.



Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Member, American Criminal Law Review (2008)

Bentley University, B.S., Economics and Finance, magna cum laude, Honors Program (2005)



New York State

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York

U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York