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 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.