C. Matthew Keen - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

C. Matthew Keen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 919-789-3162

Mr. Keen has practiced labor and employment law in the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins since 1987. His practice has included employment litigation in state and federal courts, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board and advising clients on equal employment opportunity and wage and hour issues.  He has successfully litigated cases to defense verdicts in employment discrimination cases.  He has also litigated matters involving ERISA, non-competition and trade secrets, workplace injuries and other contract and tort claims.  He has successfully represented clients in dozens of labor and employment arbitrations.Mr. Keen has been recognized as a leading labor and employment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America*, and was named Management Lawyer of the Year in Raleigh by Best Lawyers for 2012..  He has been named in the top tier of the leading employment lawyers in North Carolina by Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers* since 2006.  He has also been recognized by North Carolina Legal Elite* and Super Lawyers*.Mr. Keen has lectured on various employment law topics before business groups and has written articles for legal and employment journals. He contributed to and revises the North Carolina Employers' Desk Manual and also contributed to a treatise on the Americans With Disabilities Act. He is active in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

North Carolina State UniversityBS 1983University of North Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1987
Order of the CoifThe College of Labor and Employment LawyersThe College of Labor and Employment LawyersRaleigh Sports Council Steering CommitteeGreater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of AdvisorsAmerican Employment Law CouncilAmerican Bar Association North Carolina Bar Association Wake County Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Significant Verdicts & Decisions Include:
  • Jenkins v. Akzo Nobel Coatings.  4th Circuit affirmed summary judgment on breach of contract and fraud claims filed by expatriate employee.
  • Abdel-Rahman v. BASF.  Defense jury verdict in age and national origin discrimination case.
  • Howard v. Cape Industries.  4th Circuit upheld summary judgment on ERISA claims.
  • Holder-Blake v. Duke University.  Defense jury verdict in age discrimination case.
  • Kearns v. Duke University.  Defense verdict in race discrimination case.
  • Kranz v. Hendrick Automotive Group.  North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment on wrongful discharge claim.
  • Chao v. IBM.  4th Circuit affirmed summary judgment on claims of age and national origin discrimination.
  • Allen v. IBM.  4th Circuit affirmed motion to dismiss “Woodson” international injury claim.
  • Coggins et al. v. PSNC Energy.  Defense verdict in harassment and hostile work environment claims.

Client Comments

"Matt is our "go-to" lawyer for all single plaintiff employment cases. He is extremely client-focused and responsive, with excellent technical expertise and judgment. What really sets Matt apart from other outside counsel we have used, however, is his business acumen. He looks at cases from a client's perspective, both in terms of economics and potential precedential effect. He understands which cases need to be litigated vigorously and which should be settled. It is refreshing to find a lawyer who can be both counselor and business partner."

-Kevin Covert
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel-Human Resources
Honeywell International

Office Location

4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1100
Raleigh, NC 27609
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Raleigh Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Raleigh Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Raleigh Metro Area
C. Matthew Keen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!C. Matthew Keen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!C. Matthew Keen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment