Perspectiva General

As a member of Littler’s Big Data Initiative, Matthew U. Scherer focuses on leveraging data science and statistical analysis to gain insights into legal issues that employers face. Matt also regularly advises companies on the use of machine learning in recruitment, hiring, and personnel practices. Before becoming a full time member of the Big Data Initiative, Matt advised companies on a wide variety of employment law issues and helped employers draft employment policies, procedures, and handbooks.

Before entering private practice, Matt completed judicial clerkships for the Hon. Deborah L. Cook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Hon. Gregory M. Sleet, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the Hon. Charles K. Wiggins, Washington Supreme Court. These provided him experience with both state and federal courts and at the trial court, intermediate appellate court and supreme court levels. He also served for more than two years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Pontiac, Michigan. Matt is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Prior to law school, he received a Master's in Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. 

Matt is a member of Littler’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation industry group as well as Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, and is a noted writer and commentator on the legal and policy issues surrounding automation and emerging technologies.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


Labor and Employment Law Section: Committee on Technology In the Practice and Workplace

American Bar Association


Science & Technology Law Section: Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Committee on Big Data

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section, Technology Law Section

State Bar of Oregon


Labor and Employment Law Section

Washington State Bar Association

Chair, Subcommittee on Legal Status of Autonomous Systems

Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, Law Committee

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America©


News, Analysis & Press

Using AI to Improve Hiring Legally and Ethically

HR Daily Advisor

September 22, 2020

A Robot at the Bench

Oregon Business

November 11, 2019

WPI Labor Day Report 2019

WPI Report

September 3, 2019

Littler's WPI Labor Day Report 2018

WPI Report

August 30, 2018

Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence: Are they being used in harmful ways?

CQ Researcher

July 6, 2018

Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem

Matt Scherer contemplates the legal implications of A.I.'s bias problem.

June 25, 2018

Comments on the Department of Labor’s Draft Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Strategic Plan: Incorporating the Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Other Automated Systems Technologies into DOL’s Strategic Goals

December 7, 2017

How to Manage Staffing & Morale During Robotics Adoption

Robotics Business Review

September 21, 2017

Healer, Witness, or Double Agent? Reexamining the Ethics of Forensic Psychiatry

29 J. L. & Health


Regulating Artificial Intelligence Systems: Risks, Challenges, Competencies and Strategies

29 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 353


AI in HR: Civil Rights Implications of Employers’ Use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

SciTech Lawyer

Winter 2017

Let the Punishment Fit the Criminal: The Use of Societal Value Arguments in Criminal Sentencing

21 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1063


Speaking Engagements

The Future Workforce: How the AI and Robotics Revolution Will Shape the Employment and Labor Law Landscape

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

AI in HR

Texas A&M Journal of Property Law Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession, Dallas, TX

October 20, 2017

Managing the Public Risks of AI

Premier CIO Forum, Portland, OR

October 12, 2017

How to Manage Staffing and Morale During Robotics Adoption

RoboBusiness 2017, Santa Clara, CA

September 28, 2017

Building an Unbiased AI: End-to-End Diversity and Inclusion in AI Development

O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, San Francisco, CA

September 18, 2017

Private Law and Public Law Answers to AI: A Discussion of Robotics and Regulation

We Robot 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT

April 1, 2017

Public Risk Management for AI: The Path Forward

Asilomar Conference on Beneficial AI, Pacific Grove, CA

January 8, 2017

Handling Medical and Leave Issues

Sterling Education Services, Portland, OR

June 15, 2016

Law and Artificial Intelligence Policy: Why AI Demands New Regulatory Paradigms

ASU Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies, Tempe, AZ

May 24, 2016

FMLA, WFLA, WFCA, WMFLA, PDL, OFLA, OMFLA, OCVL, OVCCLA, ADA, ADAAA and More: The Alphabet Soup of Employee Leave Laws for Washington and Oregon Employers

Clark County Bar Association, Vancouver, WA

February 10, 2016

Law and Artificial Intelligence Policy: Why AI Demands New Regulatory Paradigms

NYU Symposium on the Future of Artificial Intelligence, New York, NY

January 12, 2016


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2009magna cum laude
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2005magna cum laude

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon