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Matthew James Elliott

Matthew James Elliott

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation, Appeals, Personal Injury

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About Me

Many attorneys boast about practicing "exclusively" in some narrow corner of the law.  Unlike them, I am proud to practice across many areas of civil litigation.  I have found that working in different practice areas is incredibly helpful, as it allows me to see the big picture, and to spot hidden issues that a specialist might miss.  Also, representation of both plaintiffs and defendants enables me to better understand where each side is coming from, which in turn helps me represent all my clients. 


In the end, litigation of any kind is just a means to resolve disputes, and the most important skill in dispute resolution is problem-solving.  My goal is to be as flexible, driven, and thoughtful as possible in solving the problem that each case presents.  Since no two problems are the same, there is never a cookie-cutter approach.  My central aim is to advance the client's goals, whatever they may be. 


Over the years, I have built a significant practice defending all manner of employment claims, including discrimination and retaliation claims, claims under the FMLA and ADA, and wage claims.  Many of these cases arise in the health care industry.  I have also prosecuted and defended many cases arising out of non-compete agreements, many of which involve the medical device industry.


In addition to my work in employment law, I also handle all kinds of tort cases, including dozens of cases involving wrongful death or other significant injuries.  My work in the tort area has given me a wealth of experience interpreting insurance policies, which in turn has led to many cases involving insurance coverage disputes.


I have also been fortunate to represent the largest school corporation in the State of Indiana for many years, as well as several other school districts.  This has led to many cases asserting constitutional claims or other novel questions of school law.


One of my proudest achievements is handling class and/or collective action lawsuits from early on in my career.  These cases present interesting and exciting challenges, and are often the most rewarding.


Finally, I regularly assist out-of-state lawyers as local counsel in Indiana's state and federal courts.  I am also happy to work with local lawyers on a co-counsel basis.   

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
  4. Appeals: 5%

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Contact Info

Beckman Lawson, LLP

201 West Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802-1900

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing199907/04/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ListedBest Lawyers in America2014
AV ratedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
AV ratedMartindale-Hubbell2012
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
Future 40Fort Wayne Business JournalN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior ConsultantAndersen Consulting1992 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Canterbury SchoolBoard of Trustees2007 - 2013
The History CenterBoard Member2003 - 2010
Allen County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of MichiganEnglish/EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Beckman Lawson Employers ForumNLRA Can Protect "Employees Behaving Badly"2014
ACBA CLE programTop 10 Things In House Counsel Want You to Know2014
ACBA CLE programEffective Practices in Mediation2014
Beckman Lawson Employers ForumEEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Use of Background Checks in Hiring2012