Matthew O. Wagner
Matt focuses on all aspects of employment, dividing his practice between U.S. employment law, employment-based immigration, and international employment issues. As an employment attorney, Matt has represented businesses in administrative proceedings and litigated at the trial and appellate levels, representing clients in Title VII and Equal Pay Act, unemployment compensation, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful discharge and breach of contract claims. Matt proactively counsels businesses on employment practices, policies, terminations, and compliance with a wide variety of state and federal laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, pre-employment inquiries, employee handbooks, separation agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competes, and I-9 compliance.
Matt’s immigration law practice involves all aspects of employment-based immigration, including obtaining non-immigrant visas (H-1B, H-3, E, L, O-1, TN), employment-based green cards (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, Labor Certifications), advising on travel and other frequently encountered issues, and prosecuting appeals before the AAO and BALCA. Matt has helped a number of entrepreneurs and companies opening U.S. branch offices for the first time obtain L-1 or E-2 visas for owners and/or key management personnel.
Matt is also familiar with employment issues commonly faced by U.S. companies operating overseas, and has worked with Frost Brown Todd’s extensive network of international law firms to advise clients on employment policies and personnel actions for employees and independent contractors working abroad.
Prior to joining the firm, Matt worked for many years at a large book and magazine publishing company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he handled production, purchasing, logistics, and content translation, working closely with vendors and customers in the U.S.A., China, Singapore, Europe, and South Africa.
A Louisville native, Matt earned a B.A. in English from Xavier University with a Theater minor, and he was a founding member of an improvisational comedy troupe. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review, a member of the editorial staff of the renowned Human Rights Quarterly, and earned a number of academic distinctions. He has published legal articles in the areas of civil procedure and government regulation. He spent his first summer of law school living and working in Galway, Ireland, with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, a renowned international law think tank. Matt is also a regular member of the Cincinnati Young Professionals Choral Collective pop choir group, and sits on the board of the Denny Buehler Memorial Foundation, which raises money for financially distressed families facing catastrophic medical bills.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Order of the Coif, 2012
- Norbert Heinsheimer Law Review Prize, 2012
- George A. Dornette PR/Ethics Award, 2011
- Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize, 2009
- Ernest Karam Academic Achievement Award, 2009
Memberships & Affiliations
- Cincinnati Bar Association
- Ohio Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
Recent Blog Posts
- FBT Immigration Update: Revised Executive Order and H-1B Premium Processing
- FBT Immigration Update: December 2016/January 2017
- FBT Immigration Update: November/December 2016
- FBT Immigration Update: September/October 2016
- FBT Immigration Update: April/May 2016
- Employer Slapped With $600,000 Fine For I-9 Violations
- Federal Government to Extend Work Authorization to Certain Spouses of H-1B Aliens
- Planning for the Year Ahead: H-1B Cap Season
- Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Important Provision in Employer Intentional Tort Statute
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Denny Buehler Memorial Foundation
- Cincinnati Young Professionals Choral Collective
- Junior Achievement Teacher, 2013
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), 2012
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Fixing Perlman: How the Misapplication of a 100 Year Old Doctrine Threatens to Undermine, Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, 79 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1631 (2011).
Beyond Son of Sam: Assessing Government’s First Tentative Steps Towards Regulating the Third-Party Murderabilia Marketplace, 80 University of Cincinnati Law Review 977 (2012).