C. Matthew Keen

C. Matthew Keen


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Recognized since 2006

Raleigh, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employment Law - Management
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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.

Location

  • 8529 Six Forks Road, Suite 600
    Raleigh, NC 27615

Education

  • North Carolina State University, BS, graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, North Carolina Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Employment Law Council - Member
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors - Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Member
  • Order of the Coif - Member
  • Raleigh Sports Council Steering Committee - Member
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Fellow
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Fellow
  • Wake County Bar Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employment Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Labor Law - Management, Raleigh (2023)
  • Labor Law - Management, Raleigh (2020)
  • Labor Law - Management, Raleigh (2017)
  • Labor Law - Management, Raleigh (2014)
  • Employment Law - Management, Raleigh (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

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

Special Focus

  • Management

Awards:

  • Chief Justice Walter Clark award (given to top 5 in class)
  • Super Lawyer* for North Carolina since 2005
  • Top Tier in Chambers listing of top Labor and Employment attorneys in North Carolina

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"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 (Honeywell International), Morristown, NJ

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