Matthew J. Kelley

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Matthew (“Matt”) Kelley received his J.D. from the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law in 2008. While attending Indiana University-Bloomington Mr. Kelley served as the Executive Notes Editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies and competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Originally from Kingston, Pennsylvania, Matt earned an undergraduate degree from Towson University, while garnering academic all-conference honors as a collegiate golfer. Matt also holds a master’s degree in Russian Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. Matt spends his spare time spoiling his two-year old daughter, reading, riding motorcycles and playing in competitive golf tournaments across Indiana.

Matt currently handles a wide-array of employment and labor law issues, while specializing in the area of traditional labor law, working with employers on a variety of traditional labor issues.

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Matt has spent almost a decade developing an active traditional labor practice assisting both large and small employers. Matt has served as lead negotiator in more than a dozen collective bargaining agreements, both in first contract and in successor contract situations. He has significant experience as lead counsel, assisting employers with union organizing campaigns in the entertainment, health care, manufacturing, warehouse distribution and automotive sales industries. In recent years, this practice has expanded to include representing employers in arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, “hybrid” Section 301 claims in federal court and additional appellate experience before the NLRB. Matt spent 2016 working as Director and Counsel for Labor Relations for a Fortune 500 Company, handling numerous contract negotiations for small and medium sized bargaining units, unfair labor practice charges, RC petitions, and arbitrations, primarily against the Teamsters.  

Matt also has a varied background in employment litigation, handling complex Title VII litigation as well as worker’s compensation and unemployment compensation disputes for clients ranging from large, multi-site healthcare providers to small franchisees in the food service industry.


  • J.D., cum laude, Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law, 2008
  • M.A., Indiana University - Bloomington, 2004
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Towson University, 2001

Admittance to Practice

  • Indiana

Professional Activities

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Are You Smarter Than A Labor Lawyer?" - Indianapolis - November 2, 2017
  • 2016 Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Seminar - "FMLA Update" - Indianapolis - January 21, 2016
  • Third Thursdays with Ruthie Webcast - "Recent NLRB Decisions" - August 20, 2015
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Safety Conference - "Knowing Workers' Compensation is Not Enough! (ADA/FMLA/GINA/WC)" - Indianapolis - June 24, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Ambush Election Rules: Unionizing A Workforce Just Got Much Easier" - Indianapolis - March 25, 2015
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Safety Conference - "Worker’s Compensation Issues" - Indianapolis - 2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Association - "Social Media in Employment" - Indianapolis - 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Safety Conference - "FMLA and Leave Issues" - Indianapolis - 2011
  • Society of Human Resource Professionals - Indiana Chapter - "Positive Employee Relations and Labor Law Update" - Indianapolis - 2011
  • Blue River Society of Human Resource Managers - "From the Mollies to Norma Rae: Are Unions Making a Comeback?" - Indianapolis - June 16, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Safety Expo - "Worker’s Compensation: Employer and Employee Rights and Responsibilities" - Indianapolis - March 3, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Safety Conference - "Worker’s Compensation Issues" - Indianapolis - 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce – Half Day Seminars - "FMLA, Workplace Harassment and ADA Updates" - Indianapolis - 2010 - 2013
  • September/October 2015 - The Employment Law Authority - "A Tale of Two Employers: The NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard"
  • 2010 - HR Specialist - "FMLA Compliance Guide"
  • 2009 - ABA - "2009 Supplement to the Family and Medical Leave Act"
  • Indiana Super Lawyer Rising Star (2014 – 2016)

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