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Matthew W. McCullough is a Senior Partner with the law firm of MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP, where he is a member of the Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.  His practice consists primarily of labor and employment advice and litigation for employers, and commercial litigation related to a variety of commercial and business disputes.  In particular, he emphasizes advice to employers and litigation concerning Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour matters, terminations and general employee relations and personnel matters.  Mr. McCullough's commercial litigation practice includes product liability, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, qui tam litigation and other commercial and business disputes.  He also recently concluded representation of defendants in a federal False Claims Act qui tam civil action.


Mr. McCullough is admitted to practice in all county trial and appellate courts in Pennsylvania.  He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He has been specially admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Western District of Washington


Mr. McCullough's activities in the community presently include serving on the Board of Northwestern Legal Services, Board of Trustees of Wayside Presbyterian Church, and Treasurer of the McDowell Boys LaCrosse Boosters Club, and he is a past Treasurer of the McDowell Hockey Club.


Mr. McCullough is a cum laude graduate of Colgate University, and he served as Alumni Representative for Colgate in Northwest Pennsylvania for several years.  At Colgate, Matt was (and remains) a proud member of the Beta Theta chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and served as President during the fall of 1983.  He maintains contact with lawyers, investment bankers, physicians and individuals of many other professions throughout New York, Manhatten and the New England states. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 33%
    29 years
  2. Employment: 33%
    29 years
  3. Civil Rights: 19%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 15%
    29 years



Hourly ($235-400/hour)

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Macdonald Illig Et Al
100 State St Ste 700
Erie, PA, 165071459


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacDonald Illig Jones & Britton1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wayside Presbyterian ChurchBoard of Trustees2005 - Present
Pennsylvania Defense InstituteN/A2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A2000 - Present
Northwestern Legal ServicesBoard Member1998 - Present
Erie County Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1986 - Present
Beta Theta Pi FraternityN/A1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Non-Compete ViolationObtained preliminary injunction and negotiated resolution
Whistleblower/First Amendment RetaliationPending
Breach of Employment ContractPending
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Publication nameTitleDate
Manufacturers and Business Association Business MagazineDoing Business With the Federal Government? Watch Out for the False Claims Act2013
Manufacturer and Business Association Business MagazineRecognizing Minority Shareholder Oppression2010
Manufacturer and Business Association Business MagazineRuling Paves Way For More Employee Retaliation Lawsuits2006
Manufacturers Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Business MagazineDefending Employment Discrimination Lawsuits: Put Your Best Foot Forward During the Administrative Agency Proceeding2004
Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) CounterpointThe Discovery Rule for Medical Malpractice Cases2000
Manufacturers Association of Northwest Pannsylvania Business MagazineNew Rights Extended to Nonunion Employees2000
Manufacturers Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Business MagazineSupreme Court Raises the Bar for Prospective ADA Plaintiffs1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Colgate UniversityEconomicsB.S.1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PA Continuing Legal EducationAmericans with Disabilities Act and Amendments2013
Erie Capacity-Building Collaborative HR WorkshopHuman Resouces Issues for Non-Profits2010
MacDonald Illig Spring SeminarComplying With Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws2009
Erie County Bar Association CLEElectronic Discovery2009
Erie Capacity-Building CollaborativeEmployment Issues Facing Non-Profits2009
Erie County School Nurses Association WorkshopHIPAA and FERPA Compliance2008
Erie Capacity-Building CollaborativeHuman Resources Issues for Non-Profits2008
Erie County Bar Association SeminarWhat Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law2007
Manufacturers Accociation of Northwest Pennsylvania SeminarPrivacy in the Workplace2005
Sterling Education Services: Employment Law Update in PennsylvaniaWage and Hour Update; How to Lawfully Conduct Internal Investigations2003
Lorman Education Services: State and Federal Personnel Laws in PennsylvaniaEmployment Discrimination Before the Administrative Agencies and Courts2003
Lorman Education Services Seminar: Employee Discharge and Documentation in PennsylvaniaStatus of At-Will Employment; Avoiding Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge Claims2003
MacDonald Illig Spring SeminarHow to Lawfully Conduct an Internal Investigation2002
Lorman Education Services: Payroll Management in PennsylvaniaComplying with Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws2002
Lorman Education Services: Employee Discharge and Documentation in PennsylvaniaAt-Will Employment and Employment-Related Causes of Action; Avoiding Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge Claims2002
Lorman Education Services: Family and Medical Leave Act in PemnnsylvaniaHistorical Overview of the FMLA; Litigating an FMLA Claim2001
Lorman Education Services Payroll Management in PennsylvaniaComplying with Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws2001
Erie County Bar Association Live SeminarAn Overview of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 19642000
Council on Education in Management Personnel Law UpdatePreparing for Emerging Disabilities Law Challenges1999
Personnel Law Update 1998Implementing Pre- and Post-Hire Employment Testing Practices1998
Personnel Law Update 1998Impact of Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace1998