Matthew A.  Boyd

Biography

Matt Boyd’s practice consists of defending and advising employers in labor and employment matters with an emphasis on complex litigation, including class actions, collective actions, multi-plaintiff litigation, and arbitrations. A substantial portion of Matt’s practice is devoted to defending employers in wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state laws. Matt also has extensive experience in defending, advising, and training employers with respect to all types of state and federal employment-related matters, including discrimination claims, compliance with disability and family and medical leave laws, whistleblower and violation of public policy claims (including under the False Claims Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and state whistleblower statutes), and employee privacy issues. Matt also has extensive expertise in drafting, negotiating, and enforcing employment agreements (including senior executives and other professionals, as well as college coaching and sports agreements), restrictive covenants, and contractual provisions to protect employers’ trade secrets and confidential information. Finally, Matt has conducted a number of highly sensitive internal investigations for employers involving senior employees accused of harassment, illegal activities, retaliation, and similar misconduct.

Professional Expertise

Matt’s employment-law experience covers the entire spectrum of employment law, including, among others: 

  • Defending multiple companies on a nationwide basis in class and/or collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state wage and hour laws, including class and/or collective actions involving alleged employee misclassification,  piece-rate issues, working “off the clock,” meal and rest break violations, and vacation pay issues; 
  • Defending a national fast-food chain in a collective action against claims that its assistant store managers should have been treated as non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Advising local governments with respect to wage and hour compliance and compensatory time issues, including application of the FLSA to individuals in public safety roles;
  • Defending a Fortune-50 beverage company on a national basis against variety of single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action claims under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §1981; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; and the Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • Defending a New York specialty pharmacy company against claims of religious and national-origin discrimination in one of the earliest discrimination/harassment cases brought by a Muslim employee following September 11, 2001;
  • Conducting a number of internal investigations into alleged retaliation and wrongdoing by senior executives of publicly-traded companies;
  • Enforcing non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements against senior executives of three different publicly-traded companies following the alleged theft of highly sensitive trade secrets;
  • Defending a prominent New York hedge fund against multi-million dollar breach of contract claims brought by traders and analysts;
  • Drafting and negotiating a number of CEO, CFO, and other senior executive employment agreements for public companies, large private companies, and professional and collegiate sports teams/programs.
  • Representing the athletic association of a major university with respect to the drafting and negotiation of all of its sports coaching contracts;
  • Representing a professional sports team in a highly publicized dispute with one of its premier players; and
  • Representing a prominent college sports coach in a dispute over publicity rights brought against him by a national sports equipment manufacturer.

In addition, Matt has extensive experience in training and advising employers and their employees in an effort to proactively avoid costly employment disputes, including guiding employers through employee layoffs and other group employment terminations.

Services

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School  (J.D., 1996)
    • Member, Vanderbilt Law Review
    • Member, the Jessup International Moot Court Team
    • Member, Vanderbilt Moot Court Board
  • Furman University  (B.A., cum laude, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Tennessee

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Member, Labor & Employment and Appellate Practice Sections
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Former governing board member, Labor & Employment Section
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • DRI

Trials

  • Kendrick v. City of East Point, Superior Court of Fulton County

Presentations

  • Moderator, "Davis-Bacon, FLSA, and Joint Employment Concerns," ALFA International, 2018 Construction Practice Group Seminar, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • "Litigating Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions: Innovative Strategies for Pre-Trial Investigation, ESI, and Discovery," ACI’s Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, San Francisco, California