Overview

Matthew G. Gallagher represents employers in federal and state courts, as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board, in a broad range of labor and employment law matters. He has significant experience representing management clients in the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation industries. In his litigation practice, he regularly handles matters involving:

  • Discrimination and harassment claims
  • Wrongful discharge and related state tort claims
  • Unfair competition and trade secret issues
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Unfair labor practices

Matt also conducts employee and supervisory training programs and counsels employers with regard to hiring, performance management, improving employee morale, strengthening relationships between management and employees, and implementing union-free initiatives.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Tennessee Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

Memphis Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

New York State Bar Association

Member

New Jersey Bar Association

Member

The Mississippi Bar

Member

Mississippi Oil & Gas Lawyers Association

Member

Memphis World Trade Club

Member

Mississippi World Trade Center

News, Analysis & Press

Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Update

Annual Seminar, Labor and Employment Law Section - Memphis Bar Association

December 6, 2013

Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Update

Annual Seminar, Labor and Employment Law Section - Memphis Bar Association

December 2012

Sixth Circuit Affirms NLRB Position on Pre-Recognition Agreements

Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter

Tennessee Bar Association

October 2012

Tennessee Meal Break Waiver Requirements for Tipped Employees

Littler Alert

May 2012

Cutting Edge Wage and Hour Issues

2011 Employment Law Workshop - National Employment Law Institute

May 2011

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment Discrimination Law, Bloomberg BNA, Chapter Monitor, Chapter 2 (2014) and Chapter 10 (2013-2016)
  • The Developing Labor Law, Bloomberg BNA, Contributing Editor, Chapters 21 (2011-2015) and Chapter 29 (2011-2016)
  • Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association, Contributing author, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Managing Challenges that Arise When the Employment Relationship Ends

North Central Mississippi SHRM Conference, Batesville, MS

August 14, 2018

Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers – Recent Developments in State and Federal Law and Preparing for Electronic Discovery in Litigation

National Business Institute Seminar, Memphis, TN

July 18, 2018

How to Investigate Discrimination Complaints and Avoid Costly Lawsuits

Northeast Arkansas SHRM Conference, Jonesboro, AR

May 8, 2018

Confidentiality, Competition, and Restrictive Covenants

Tennessee Business Law Conference, Nashville, TN

May 3, 2018

Employment Law Seminar – Presentations on Recent Developments in Employment Law and Hiring/Recruiting

National Business Institute, Memphis, TN

March 7, 2018

Littler Legal Update: Navigating Employment Law in Uncertain Times

Tennessee Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association 2017 State Conference

August 25, 2017

Human Resources Law from A to Z: Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring

National Business Institute Seminar

August 1, 2017

Manufacturing Law: Labor and Employment Legal Principles

National Business Institute Seminar

June 28, 2017

Competition, Confidentiality, and Covenant Conundrums

National Business Institute Seminar, Nashville, TN

December 8, 2016

“Peeking in the Windows” Background and Credit Checks

Tennessee Banker’s Association Human Resources Conference

August 11, 2016

Beyond the Numbers: Preparing for Life After December 2, 2016

Tennessee Banker’s Association Human Resources Conference

August 11, 2016

Advanced Employment Law: Conducting An Effective Workplace Investigation

Memphis, TN

June 28, 2016
Background Checks and Pre-Employment Tests: Sound Hiring Practices to Protect Your Business

Memphis, TN

April 21, 2016
Best Practices in Correcting FLSA Compliance Problems – Both Out of Court and In Litigation

Memphis, TN

February 4, 2015

FLSA Overtime Claims and Collective Actions: Strategies for Prevention and Defense

Golden Triangle Human Resources Association

May 14, 2014

How to Deal with the Toxic Employee

Littler Employment Law Briefing - Littler Mendelson and Memphis Restaurant Association, Memphis TN

November 7, 2012

Tennessee Meal Break Waiver Requirements for Tipped Employees

Littler Employment Law Briefing - Littler Mendelson and Memphis Restaurant Association, Memphis TN

November 7, 2012

Employment Law Best Practices: Hiring and Firing

Sterling Education Services Inc.

September 2011

The Hiring Process: Best Practices for Managing Risk and Maximizing Success in a Constantly Changing Legal Environment

Memphis, TN

August 2011

Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University, 2003

Bar Admission

Tennessee
Mississippi
Arkansas
New York
New Jersey

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey