Mr. Byrne primarily represents clients in state and federal trial court and appellate litigation, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. His litigation experience includes the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from individual claims to complex class and collective actions. He has represented clients in appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, among other appellate courts. His arbitration experience includes multiple Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations. He also represents clients in Department of Labor wage and hour audits.
Mr. Byrne also counsels employers regarding a wide range of issues, including compliance with wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, and employee leave laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other federal, state, and local laws and regulations. He also counsels clients with the creation, updating, and administration of employment policies, hiring procedures, criminal background checks, employee discipline procedures, and non-competition and arbitration agreements.
Mr. Byrne works with employers in a wide range of industries, including financial services, automotive, health care, information technology, manufacturing, and non-profit, including churches.
While attending law school, he was symposium editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and the winner of the Donald S. Teller Memorial Award for student writing contributing most significantly to the Ohio State Law Journal. He also clerked for the Acting General Counsel of the United States Department of the Treasury.
Prior to entering law school Mr. Byrne worked as a member of the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Personnel, the office responsible for selecting candidates to recommend to the President of the United States for appointment or nomination to high-level government positions.
During his undergraduate studies, he was a University Scholar and Xavier Service Fellow.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Pregnancy Center East, Advisory Board Member
•St. Margaret of York Church Parish School Education Commission, Past President
•Warren County Area Progress Council
• Protecting National Security and Promoting Foreign Investment: Maintaining the Exon-Florio Balance, Ohio State Law Journal 67.4 (January 2006) [Author]
In the News
July 5, 2016
Matthew Byrne Comments on Home Care Rule
Matthew Byrne comments on a Supreme Court order letting stand a lower court's holding that home care workers are eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay in SHRM's Supreme Court Leaves Home Care Rule in Place. Subscription may be required to view article
March 26, 2019
New Kentucky Law: Employers May Make Arbitration Mandatory as Condition of Employment or Continued Employment
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October 8, 2018
Supreme Court Hears Case on Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements for Transportation Workers
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January 31, 2017
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and director of Xavier Action, the university's campus-wide community service network.
Prior to entering law school Mr. Byrne worked as a member of the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Personnel, the office responsible for selecting candidates to recommend to the President of the United States for appointment or nomination to high-level government positions. During law school he clerked for the Acting General Counsel of the United States Department of the Treasury.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Donald S. Teller Memorial Award for Best Student Note, Ohio State Law Journal
•Xavier University Service Fellow
•NamedSuper Lawyers Ohio Rising Stars in 2012 - 2014
Articles Protecting National Security and Promoting Foreign Investment: Maintaining the Exon-Florio Balance bar & professional association memberships Ohio State Bar Association Cincinnati Bar Association Federalist Society
Ohio State Law Journal 67.4 (January 2006) [Author] Member:
bar & professional association memberships
Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Professional Associations and Activities
•Federal Bar Association
•Federalist Society, Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter President
•Ohio State Bar Association
•St. Thomas More Society of Greater Cincinnati, Past Red Mass Committee Chair
•Warren County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Member
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