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Matthew Keith Fenton

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Matthew K. Fenton has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1994. Mr. Fenton received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Florida in 1989, with honors, and his law degree from the University of Florida, with honors, in 1993, where he served on the Editorial Board of the University of Florida Law Review. Mr. Fenton served as the first law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo from 1995 to 1997, where he was exposed to a variety of employment law cases and developed a strong interest in that area of the law. Mr. Fenton has been practicing exclusively in matters arising from the employment relationship since 1997. Mr. Fenton is a trial lawyer who has tried numerous employment law cases in both state and federal courts; he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 2009, has been repeatedly selected by his peers as a Florida Super Lawyer in Employment Law, denoting status as one of the top five percent of Florida’s lawyers, and has been selected as a member of the Legal Elite in Employment Law by Florida Trend Magazine, representing approximately two percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. For the 2016 publication year,  Mr. Fenton was selected as the Tampa Bay market  Lawyer of the Year - Employees  by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.


Mr. Fenton has spoken on employment law topics and authored numerous publications on employment law, most recently contributing a chapter to the American Bar Association's practice guide "Litigating the Workplace Harassment Case." Mr. Fenton is a member of several voluntary bar organizations, including the Hillsborough County Bar Association where he is a past Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section.  Mr. Fenton is active in both the Florida and national chapters of National Employment Law Association, the Tampa Bay Trial LawyersAssociation and the Florida Justice Association. Mr. Fenton has been admitted to practice in all Florida courts, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Fenton, a lifelong resident of Tampa, Florida, is proud to be married to a first generation Cuban American, Rebeca Fenton, and father to two wonderful boys. When he is not fighting for employee rights, Mr. Fenton enjoys traveling with his family, collecting and listening to music from a broad variety of musical genres, spending time at the beach, and watching or attending Florida Gator football and basketball.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  2. Discrimination: 20%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  5. Employment & Labor: 20%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jennifer Tipton Pollock

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is extremely knowledgeable and esteemed by his colleagues in the legal community. He is aggressive while maintaining practicality.


    Jennifer Pollock Workers Compensation Attorney
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  • Steven Carroll Ruth

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is really the go to guy for handling employment disputes. He is always responsive to clients' needs and his legal knowledge within his field of practice is highly respected by his peers.


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Contact info

Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A.

1110 N Florida Ave.
Suite 300
Tampa, FL, 33602-4422

5401 South Kirkman Road
Suite 310
Orlando, FL, 32819



FLMember in Good Standing199409/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Association (Florida chapter)N/A2000 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionFormer ChairN/A
National Employment Law AssociationMemberN/A
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Justice AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Litigating the Workplace Harassment CaseDiscovery and Deposing the Alleged Harrasser and Employer's Witnesses -- Plaintiff's Perspective2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of FloridaEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Basics of Labor and Employment LawThe Basics of Labor and Employment Law2004
Fundamentals of Employment Law"Wrongful Termination"2003