Matthew S. Derby

Matthew S. Derby: Attorney with Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C.


Matthew Derby is an attorney practicing in Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C.'s St. Joseph and Detroit offices. He is a graduate of the Wayne State University Law School and the University of Michigan.

Mr. Derby's practice areas include labor and employment, corporate, and commercial law. His practice includes counseling in, and drafting and negotiation of, individual employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, severance agreements, employment policies and work rules, commercial vendor/supplier agreements, lending documents, and asset and stock acquisition agreements.

Mr. Derby also regularly advises private and public sector employers on a variety of employment matters involving hiring, investigation of employee misconduct, drug/alcohol use, promotion/demotion, closure/sale of unionized businesses, ERISA withdrawal liability, reductions-in-force, progressive discipline and termination, severance of highly compensated employees, family medical leave compliance, disabilities discrimination and accommodation, and race/gender discrimination issues. Mr. Derby also presents seminars on labor and employment issues for employer groups and in university management courses.

Mr. Derby has represented clients in the Unites States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Circuit Courts and Court of Appeals, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Michigan Employment Security Commission, and labor arbitration.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Employment Law
  • Human Resource Counseling and Administration
  • Labor - Manage met Relations
  • School Law
  • Employment & Labor
  • School / Tenure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313-334-7023  Phone
313-259-8653  Phone
313-259-1451  Fax
Year of First Admission:
1987, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; 1987, Michigan; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2002, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan (Member, Section on Labor Relations Law); American Bar Association (Member: Section on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation).
Reported Cases:
Porter v. city of Royal Oak, 214 Mich.App.478, Mich Court of Appeals, 1995 Unpublished; Wheaton v. North Oakland Medical Centers, 130 Fed App x 773 6th Cir Court of Appeal, 2005.

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St. Joseph, Michigan