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Matthew Joseph Gilligan

Employment and labor Attorney at Atlanta, GA

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    30%
    Employment Law and Litigation - Employer Side

    25 years

  2. Discrimination
    20%
    Discrimination Defense - Employer Side

    25 years

  3. Wrongful termination
    20%
    Wrongful Termination Defense - Employer Side

    25 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    Employment Contracts, Restrictive Covenants Litigation

    22 years

  5. Military law
    10%
    USERRA Defense and Advice - Employer Side

    29 years

  6. Sexual harassment
    10%
    Sexual Harassment Defense - Employer Side

    25 years

Matt Gilligan’s law practice focuses on employment law and litigation.  He has successfully defended employers in all types of employment-related litigation, regularly counsels employers on compliance with workplace laws, and he has extensive experience defending employers in government investigations, including OSHA investigations and U.S. DOL wage and hour audits.  Before founding HAGRS LLP, Matt was a Partner at the national law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta for nine years.  He is recognized by SuperLawyers® as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” (employment law), by Best Lawyers in America® (employment law), and by Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Georgia.  He is a frequent lecturer on employment law and related human resources topics, and he has published several articles on employment law topics in various publications.  Matt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (JAG Corps), having served 22 years in the U.S. Army and Reserves, in both the combat arms (Infantry) and in the Army JAG Corps, as a criminal prosecutor and litigation counsel.  He was an Army Ranger, and was Airborne- and Air Assault-qualified.  Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) (BS) (Distinguished Cadet, top 5%), the University of Georgia School of Law (JD) (Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of UGA Law Review), and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School (LLM) (Honor Graduate).

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Licensed for 28 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/03/2022
State MA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Hall Arbery Gilligan Roberts & Shanlever LLP
3340 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 1900
Atlanta, GA, 30326-1082
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan Roberts & Shanlever LLP
100 Commercial Court -Suite D
Savannah, GA, 31406
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 320-400 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Alston & Bird, LLP
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • U.S. Army - Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1994 - 2009
  • Officer (2LT, 1LT, CPT, MAJ, LTC)
  • U.S. Army - Infantry Branch
  • 1987 - 1994
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Education

  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1999
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD
  • 1994
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • BS
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Maycock v. DolEx Dollar Express, Utah Administrative Courts
  • Obtained dismissal.
  • Georgia Insurance Commission v. Osman
  • Obtained Dismissal.
  • OSHA v. Dae Hae Inc.
  • Obtained dismissal.
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Associations

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Roswell Youth Lacrosse Association
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2016
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer, Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army Litigation Center
  • 2009
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army Litigation Center
  • 2001
  • Best Graduate Thesis
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School
  • 1999
  • Honor Graduate
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School
  • 1999
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Army 101st Airborne Div. (Air Assault)
  • 1999
  • U.S. Army 101st Airborne Div. (Air Assault)
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • 1997
  • Air Assault Badge
  • U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division
  • 1995
  • Order of the Coif Honor Society
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 1994
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division
  • 1991
  • Expert Infantryman's Badge
  • U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division
  • 1989
  • Ranger Tab
  • U.S. Army Ranger School
  • 1988
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars - Top Student in Social Sciences
  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • 1987
  • Distinguished Cadet (top 5%)
  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • 1987
  • Airborne Wings (Paratrooper)
  • U.S. Army Airborne School
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Benefits Law Journal
  • FMLA and Benefit Obligations: New Rights Under an Old Mandate
  • 2008
  • A+B Labor and Employment Advisory
  • Bush Signs New Law to Expand FMLA for Military Family Members
  • 2008
  • The National Law Journal
  • Re-employing Disabled Veterans Under USERRA: Statute Imposes More Requirements on Employers than ADA Does
  • 2006
  • Public Safety Labor News
  • Department of Labor Publishes Long Awaited Regulations Interpreting USERRA
  • 2006
  • Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
  • Curbing OSHA’s Egregious Penalty Policy: OSHRC’s Decision in Ho Case Sets New Course for Commission
  • 2004
  • A+B Labor & Employment Advisory
  • Whistleblower Protection Under Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • 2002
  • Military Law Review
  • Opening the Gate? An Analysis of Military Law Enforcement Authority Over Civilian Lawbreakers On and Off the Federal Installation
  • 1999
  • Georgia Law Review
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute, Speakers Bureau
  • Criminal Background Checks: Complying with the FCRA and Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • 2017
  • MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute, Speakers Bureau
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
  • 2017
  • United Parcel Service Workforce Planning Conference
  • Overview of USERRA and the Employer’s Compliance Obligations
  • 2017
  • MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute, Speakers Bureau
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • 2017
  • Annual Conference of Georgia Society of Rheumatology
  • Employment Laws in the Small Business Workplace in Georgia & Litigation Avoidance
  • 2017
  • MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute, Speakers Bureau
  • Religious Accommodations in the Workplace
  • 2017
  • Coca-Cola Legal Department Presentation
  • OSHA 101: The Basics of OSHA Compliance and Litigation
  • 2015
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference
  • EEOC Overview for 2015
  • 2015
  • Manager's Conference
  • Litigation Avoidance: Defending Claims of Hostile Work Environment
  • 2015
  • Manager's Conference
  • Managing OSHA Risks and Preparing for an OSHA Compliance Inspection
  • 2015
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference
  • EEOC Enforcement Priorities for 2015: What They’re Looking For and How to be Ready” (2015)
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Matthew
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is a talented, hard-working lawyer and a good person. He is very thorough, but conscientious regarding the cost/benefit of various tactics and strategies. I highly recommend him for any labor or employment case or issue."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is my first choice when my business clients have labor & employment questions or issues with their employees. He is extremely knowledgeable and competent, and I don't hesitate to send my most valuable clients to him for his sound advice and counsel."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the opportunity to work with Matt on a couple of matters for joint clients, where Matt has handled the employment law issues that cropped up in our cases. I've found him to be very knowledgeable. More importantly, he was able to relate that knowledge to the situation at hand, and find solutions that were effective to resolve the issues for our clients. For this reason, I've been happy to refer clients needing employment law advice to him."
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Atlanta Employment and labor Lawyer Matthew Joseph Gilligan
Matthew Joseph Gilligan
Employment and labor Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 28 years