Matthew O. Wagner
Matt helps businesses solve people problems, with a special emphasis on international personnel issues. As an employment counselor, Matt guides his clients through employment law compliance issues, including hiring and firing, employment policies, wage & hour compliance, and I-9 employment authorization compliance. He has spent considerable time counseling clients with respect to legal questions unique to transgender employees, and other cutting-edge legal issues. An experienced litigator, Matt has defended family businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts against discrimination, wage & hour, breach of contract and a variety of other employment-related claims and appeals.
As a member of Frost Brown Todd’s International Services Group, Matt also counsels clients on legal problems that arise when companies—and their people—cross international borders. Matt handles all aspects of employment-based immigration, including obtaining work visas and green cards for his clients’ foreign-born talent, and helping entrepreneurs and companies opening U.S. offices obtain work visas for owners or key management personnel. Matt also advises clients on international personnel issues, including structuring employment, secondment and contractor relationships, personnel agreements, and income and corporate taxation issues that arise from moving or hiring personnel across international lines.
Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as Production Manager 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 several academic distinctions. He has published legal articles in the areas of civil procedure and government regulation. Matt has performed with 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: July/August 2017
- FBT Immigration Update: June/July 2017
- 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
- GROW PBP - Pro Bono Partnership
- 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).