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Matthew Trainor Gomes

Matthew Trainor Gomes

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation

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About Me

Almost every company has employees. As a result, unfortunately, almost every company has employee relations issues. I have spent my entire legal career helping employers avoid labor and employment problems by partnering with my clients to provide preventative counseling and training involving discipline, discharge, reductions-in-force and other personnel matters, employee handbooks, employment agreements, and affirmative action plans. On those occasions when litigation has been unavoidable, I have represented my clients in federal and state courts and before government agencies throughout the United States in all aspects of labor law and employment litigation, including allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour, labor relations, and other matters arising out of the employment relationship such as covenants not to compete, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, computer theft, and employee benefits.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Employment & Labor: 80%
    16 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    16 years

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Contact Info

Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial

3344 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 2400
Atlanta, GA, 30326

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199807/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2013
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's Who in the World2009
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who in America2009
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2008
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Special Of Counsel PartnerWeinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial2014 - Present
PartnerNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP2007 - 2014
Of CounselNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP2004 - 2006
PartnerSmith, Currie & Hancock, LLP2003 - 2004
AssociateSmith, Currie & Hancock, LLP1998 - 2003
InternOffice of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia1997 - 1998
InternFlorida Fourth District Court of Appeal1996 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
AGC GeorgiaMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton Company of Atlanta, Inc. v. William Hugh HolleyAffirmed in part, reversed in part
Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton Company of Atlanta, Inc. v. William Hugh HolleyAffirmed
Edward William Murphree and Flint Equipment Co. v. Yancey Bros. Co.Affirmed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Complying with Sarbanes-Oxley's Whistleblower Provisions: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Whistleblower Provisions, Complying with Key Regulations, and Responding to Claims (Inside the Minds)Preventing and Defending Against "Stealth" Discrimination Claims Under Sarbanes-Oxley2009
Taking Care of BusinessJust When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the (I-9) Water: New Immigration Criminal Crackdown Targets Employers2007
Taking Care of BusinessBackground Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act2005
Taking Care of BusinessWireless Communication Tools Have Liability Potential2004
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterLabor and Employment Concerns in Corporate Acquisitions2003
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterPlanning a Reduction in Force2002
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterEmployers' Obligations and Employee's Rights Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 19942002
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterThe Supreme Court Further Restricts the Definition of “Disabled” Under the Americans with Disabilities Act2002
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterEmployee Privacy in the 21st Century Workplace2001
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterThe Tangled Web of Employee Reference Checks2000
Labor and Employment NewsletterThe Self Critical Analysis Privilege: Can Companies Avoid Discovery of Internal Reviews2000
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterSexual Harassment - It's Not Just General Hardtack and Miss Buxley Anymore1999
Labor and Employment Law NewsletterRestrictive Covenants: Are Your Agreements Enforceable?1999

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHistory and GeographyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
October In-House Counsel CLE SeminarOpportunity: Making the Most of Discovery2014
Construction Professionals Conference & MarketplaceA Rock and a Hard Place: Employment Verification, Security Screening, and Other Hiring Pitfalls2014
Avoiding Wage and Hour LiabilitiesWages, Off-the-Clock Claims and Overtime Issues2013
Advanced Employment Law 2013How to Avoid Jeopardizing Your IP When an Employee Departs – The Lawyers’ Favorite Quiz Show2013
Workers' Compensation Handbook Best PracticesWorkers' Compensation Handbook Best Practices2012
Immigration Law ComplianceImmigration Law Compliance2012
Fair Labor Standards Act in GeorgiaWages, Off-the-Clock Claims and Overtime Issues2012
Lunch and Learn Seminar: OSHA & Employment LawGeneral Overview of U.S. Labor and Employment Laws2011
Discipline, Discharge and the Role of the SupervisorHow to Discipline and Discharge Without Getting Sued2011
Workers' Compensation Handbook Best PracticesWorkers' Compensation Handbook Best Practices2010
Workers' Compensation Handbook Best PracticesWorkers' Compensation Handbook Best Practices2009
Human Resources in the Electronic AgeProtecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information in the Electronic Age; The Ten Commandments of Email2009
Top Human Resources PitfallsProtecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information in the Electronic Age2008
Payroll Fundamentals: Basic Principles to Help You Manage the Payroll Process in GeorgiaExempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees; Minimum Wage Requirements; Recordkeeping Rules and Requirements; Discrimination in Pay; Payment Upon Termination2008
E-Discovery Problem SolvingQuick Peeks and Sampling; Clawback and Privilege; Cost-Shifting2008
Best Practices to Protect Your Company Against Harassment and Discrimination Claims"Must Have" Personnel Policies Related to Harassment and Discrimination2008
Key Issues Facing the Human Resource Professional in the Electronic Age in GeorgiaProtecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information in the Electronic Age; The Ten Commandments of Email2007
Immigration Law BasicsImmigration Law Basics2007
Employment Law Trends and TopicsThe Ten Commandments of Electronic Mail2007
Members First MeetingSexual Harassment - Awareness and Prevention2006
Immigration Law 101Immigration Law 1012006
Advanced Human Resources Skill Building and Legal UpdateBest Practices for Preventing FMLA Abuse; Military Leave (USERRA); Discipline and Discharge; Legal Issues With Alternative Employment Relationships; Can Race, Religion, Gender or Disability Status Ever Be Considered in Employment Decisions?2006
Payroll Basics in GeorgiaOverview of Federal Wage and Hour Laws; Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees; Minimum Wage Requirements; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; Discrimination in Pay2005
Employment Law Trends and TopicsThe Dos and Don'ts of Preventing and Investigating Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment2005
Employment Law From A to ZInterviewing and Hiring Employees; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Discipline and Discharge2005
Common Misconceptions in Human Resources in GeorgiaNot My Employee, Not My Problem; My Former Employees Cannot Use My Business Information; Disciplining and Terminating Employees; Can Race, Religion, Gender or Disability Status Ever Be Considered in Employment Decisions?2005
Payroll Management in GeorgiaOverview of Federal Wage and Hour Laws; Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees; Minimum Wage Requirements; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; Discrimination in Pay2004
Employment Law Trends and TopicsDiscipline, Discharge and the Role of the Supervisor2004
ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation in GeorgiaOverview of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Special Problems Under the ADA2004
Conquering Payroll in GeorgiaDeductions from Pay; Protected Leaves of Absence; Recordkeeping Rules and Requirements2003
Recent Developments Concerning Restrictive Covenants in Georgia and the Georgia Trade Secrets ActRecent Developments Concerning Restrictive Covenants in Georgia2002
Georgia Employment Law BriefingTrade Secrets and Confidential Information: How to Protect These Assets in Georgia From Intentional or Inadvertent Misappropriation by Former Employees2002
Labor and Employment Law Update SeminarElectronic Privacy Issues2001
Labor and Employment Law Update SeminarNon-Competition Agreements, Arbitration Clauses, and Privacy Issues: Protecting the Company's Secrets2000