Matthew P. Gizzo is a zealous advocate and trusted advisor for employers on a wide-variety of labor and employment issues arising under federal and state laws. Matthew specializes in representing employers both in court and before federal and state administrative agencies in class and collective wage and hour actions, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation charges and lawsuits, ADA accessibility cases, employee non-compete and non-solicit disputes, and workplace safety matters. He regularly advises clients on the strategic implementation of employment practices and policies, wage and hour compliance, including classification issues, leaves of absence and accommodation requests, and employee separations and reductions-in-force. Matthew also assists clients with internal investigations and training related to employment issues as well as rapid response investigations on catastrophic construction accidents.
At all times, Matthew strives to achieve the most effective and efficient result for his clients with a focus on meeting their business needs and objectives. Matthew believes that it is critical to be intimately familiar with his clients’ business operations and goals in order to best represent and advise them on issues that arise in the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment law.
Matthew represents employers of all sizes across all industries and has significant experience representing employers in the hospitality industry, ranging from national hotel, property, and amenity management companies and large fast casual restaurant franchisees with over a hundred locations to family-owned restaurant operations, as well as employers in the construction industry, including from globally-recognized developers and construction managers to family-owned trucking and rigging companies.
Matthew graduated from St. John’s University School of Law, where he excelled as a Director of External Competitions for the Moot Court Honor Society, receiving recognition as a top oralist in multiple moot court competitions, including Second Best Oralist at the 2012 Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition. Matthew also served as a Dean’s Fellow for the St. John’s Securities Arbitration Clinic, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.