Matthew Deffebach

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1999

B.A., Political Science and Speech Communication, Trinity University, 1993, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Profile

Matthew Deffebach leads the Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group and co-leads the Litigation Department at Haynes and Boone. Having tried, as first chair, six matters in just the past four years, he is often entrusted with significant trial matters. While his employment and litigation experience is vast, Matthew’s passion is handling OSHA disputes. He has appeared in more than 22 states handling OSHA matters and is entering his 11th year as National OSHA counsel for The Home Depot.

As a litigator, Matthew has handled contract disputes and a number of non-subscriber negligence lawsuits/arbitrations. As an employment litigator, he has managed several teams overseeing national wage and hour collective (or class) action disputes. Matthew also routinely counsels clients and assists them with disputes concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability issues, non-competition and similar agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful termination, social media, and similar matters. He is a frequent speaker, having conducted more than 100 trainings for clients on employment law compliance and appearing at dozens of seminars and conferences. As an OSHA litigator, Matthew has successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials including the following recent illustrative matters:  an oil field fatality in Texas; a powered industrial truck matter in Georgia; a hexavalent chromium dispute in Oklahoma; a PSM inspection of an ammonia refrigeration facility in Texas; a fall protection case in California; a state-wide machine guarding case in Maryland; and a PPE matter in California.

After meeting Matthew, it is easy to understand why so many of his clients are long-term, loyal clients. In 2010, Law360 by Portfolio Media, Inc. named him a "Rising Star" and one of ten employment lawyers under 40 to watch. Thereafter, he received the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice award as the sole recipient in the Employment and Labor category in Texas.

Five Events, Five Cities

New York

Haynes and Boone Completes Ambitious Labor & Employment Law Event Series

Over the last five months, lawyers from multiple Haynes and Boone offices have completed the staging of five major labor and employment law events across five different cities from New York to Houston. All totaled, the events attracted nearly 400 professionals interested in learning about the latest legal developments in workplace regulations and court cases that affect employees, employers and the company policies under which they operate.

Selected Client Representations

Employment Litigation


  • Lagos, et al. v. Cogent Communications (S.D. Tex. 2014) (granting Motion to Decertify nationwide collective action);
  • Ihegwood v. Harris County Hospital District, 929 F. Supp. 2d 635 (S.D. Tex. 2013) (granting summary judgment on Title VII and ADA claims);
  • Peterson Group v. PLTQ Lotus Group, 417 S.W.3d 46 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2013) (reversing on alter ego finding);
  • Grenado v. White Cap Construction, (El Paso County Court of Law 2012) (granting summary judgment on Chapter 21 discrimination and retaliation claims). 

Litigation


  • Defense of breach of contract;
  • Defense of ERISA denial of benefits;
  • Defense of non-subscriber negligence;
  • Defense of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Defense of non-subscriber negligence. 

Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and Workplace Disasters 


  • Assisted a client with an investigation into a five-alarm fire, which caused over $35 Million in damages.
  • Successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials including fatality matter in Texas, PSM inspection in Texas, fall protection case in California, state-wide machine guarding case in Maryland, and PPE matter in California.
  • Defended a national employer in two separate OSHA proceedings where the Department of Labor withdrew its citations entirely on the eve of trial in both matters. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Trinity University Alumni Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • American Bar Association OSHA Subcommittee

Honors

2015 Litigation Department of the Year

Texas Lawyer Awards Haynes and Boone Its 2015 Litigation Department of the Year

Haynes and Boone, LLP litigators have been named the 2015 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer. Haynes and Boone becomes one of only three law firms to win multiple times in the history of the competition.


Published by ALM Media Properties, LLC in May 2015

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. in Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2015. 
  • Included in the Houston Business Journal’s 2015 Law Guide of Houston’s Largest Law Firms and Their Top Lawyers, American City Business Journals, 2015.
  • Received the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice award as the sole recipient in the Employment and Labor category in Texas, Globe Business Publishing Ltd, 2013. 
  • Named a "Rising Star" and one of 10 employment lawyers under 40 to watch, Law360 by Portfolio Media, Inc., 2010.
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition by Thomson Reuters, 2005-2010. 
  • Selected for Inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters in Employment and Labor, 2010-2014.
  • Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a labor and employment law specialist.

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers in America®, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year, 56 of the firm's practices were listed in the guide.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2014

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