Matt Tews helps both large and small employers, including employers in heavily regulated industries, effectively confront complex employment and traditional labor law issues. As an employment litigator, Matt protects employers' rights when confronted with claims such as those brought under the ADA, FMLA, Title VII, NLRA, Minnesota Human Rights Act, federal and state whistleblower acts, wage and hour laws, as well as retaliation, discrimination and wrongful termination claims.
Outside of the litigation context, Matt routinely advises clients on all parts of the employment relationship from pre-hire to post-termination, including hiring and application practices, background checks, leaves, discipline, investigations, terminations, reductions-in-force and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Matt regularly assists employers with keeping their employment policies and guidelines in compliance with ever-changing federal and state employment and labor laws.
In addition to employment counseling and litigation, Matt focuses his practice on traditional labor law, helping both unionized and union-free employers respond to issues under the National Labor Relations Act. Matt's traditional labor law practice includes responding to grievances, defending employers in NLRB litigation, representing employers during labor arbitrations, advising employers during organizing drives and representation-election proceedings, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and preparing for strikes. Whether he is counseling, advising or litigating, Matt's aim is to effectively and efficiently help employers resolve their complex employment and labor law issues in a way that makes the most sense for their businesses.
Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Matt served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Matt's clerkship experience at the Supreme Court helps him provide service to clients during any appeals process they may face. While at the University of Minnesota Law School, Matt was a summer associate for Leonard, Street and Deinard, a certified student attorney for the Ramsey County Public Defender and a student instructor to fellow law students in a Practice & Professionalism course.