Matt Tews helps employers of all sizes prepare for and handle complex employment and traditional labor law issues. Whether counseling, advising or litigating, Matt's aim is to efficiently help employers resolve their complex employment and labor law issues in a way that makes the most sense for their businesses.
As an experienced litigator, Matt defends employers against a wide range of claims including ADA, ADEA, Title VII, FMLA, NLRA, Minnesota Human Rights Act, federal and state whistleblower acts, wage and hour laws, retaliation, discrimination and wrongful termination.
Litigation can be unavoidable and Matt works tirelessly to defend employers during litigation. But Matt understands that time-consuming and stressful litigation disrupts business operations, and that most employers would rather prevent claims than defend them. As a business partner, Matt advises and counsels employers on all parts of the employment relationship from pre-hire to post-termination on a daily basis. Applications and background checks, hiring and firing, leaves, discipline, investigations, reductions-in-force, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and employment contracts all present unique risks and challenges under constantly evolving federal and state labor laws. Matt regularly advises employers on all of these topics, while keeping in mind that that every unique business has different goals and plans to achieve them. He works hard to understand his clients' businesses, and understands that a "one size fits one" approach is the only way to achieve his clients' employment and labor, and operational, needs.
Matt also focuses his practice on traditional labor law, helping both unionized and union-free employers respond to issues under the National Labor Relations Act. Matt has significant experience helping non-union employers develop employment strategies to remain union free, and has advised numerous employers during organizing drives and representation-election proceedings. For already unionized employers, Matt's traditional labor law experience includes responding to grievances, defending employers in NLRB litigation, representing employers during labor arbitrations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and preparing for strikes.
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 Supreme Court experience, working directly with the Chief Justice, helps him provide unique insights to clients during appeals.
Matt graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and with a bachelor's degree from the University of Saint Thomas where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. He is a regular speaker on employment and labor law topics, and serves on the firm's Recruitment, Diversity Scholarship, and Associate Development/Mentorship committees. He also enjoys cheering on his (cursed) Minnesota sports teams, golfing, running, fishing, and spending time with his growing family.