C. Matthew Keen

Managing Shareholder || Raleigh

Matt Keen has served as managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins since 2016 and has practiced labor and employment law in the firm’s Raleigh office since 1987. His practice has included employment litigation in state and federal courts, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board and advising clients on equal employment opportunity and wage and hour issues. He has successfully litigated cases to defense verdicts in employment discrimination cases. He has also litigated matters involving ERISA, non-competition and trade secrets, workplace injuries and other contract and tort claims. He has successfully represented clients in dozens of labor and employment arbitrations.

Matt has been recognized as a leading labor and employment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America, and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Employment Law – Management in Raleigh by Best Lawyers for 2012. In 2014, Matt was again named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” of Labor Law – Management. He has been named in the top tier of the leading employment lawyers in North Carolina by Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers every year since 2006. He has also been recognized by North Carolina Legal Elite and Super Lawyers.

Matt has lectured on various employment law topics before business groups and has written articles for legal and employment journals. He contributed to and revises the North Carolina Employers’ Desk Manual and also contributed to a treatise on the Americans With Disabilities Act. He is active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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Employment Litigation

Matt regularly represents employers in litigation matters in state and federal courts. He has tried numerous cases to defense verdicts, in addition to successful summary judgment motions in many other matters. Significant verdicts & decisions include:


Matt has tried many employment arbitrations for leading North Carolina employers. He has litigated a wide variety of discrimination claims in the arbitration context.  He also has handled many labor arbitrations before AAA and FMCS.


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Committee on WARN Act)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section)
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors
  • Raleigh Sports Council Steering Committee


Best Lawyers Award Badge

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Ranked in Chambers USA

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Lawyer of the Year C Matthew Keen 2017

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