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Matthew D. Besser

also known as Matthew Emerson Douglas Besser

About me

Matthew D. Besser focuses his practice on employment discrimination and civil rights.  He has experience in all aspects of litigation, from negotiation through trial and final appellate review.  Having worked for several years at a large law firm representing corporate defendants in employment disputes, he is able to offer a unique perspective to plaintiffs with employment-related claims.  Besser also has significant experience as an appellate advocate, authoring many briefs and arguing several cases before the Ohio and federal courts of appeal, and teaching appellate advocacy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Besser graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he received awards for the top grade in Trial Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Disability Discrimination, and Evidence.  He also received the Donald S. Teller Memorial Award for the student note contributing most significantly to The Ohio State Law Journal.  After law school, Besser served as Law Clerk to Judge Richard L. Nygaard on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 70%
  2. Appeals: 10%
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Constitutional: 10%

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    Superb lawyer and one of the best brief writers I've encountered.


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Contact info

Bolek Besser Glesius, LLC

Monarch Centre, Suite 302
5885 Landerbrook Drive
Cleveland, OH, 44124


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer -- Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising Star -- Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, District 12Ohio State Bar Foundation2013
Rising Star -- Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising Star -- Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Donald S. Teller Memorial AwardOhio State Law Journal2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkUnited States Court Of Appeals 3d Circuit2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Certified Grievance Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationCommittee Member2014 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association Council of DelegatesN/A2012 - Present
Judicial Selection Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationCommittee Member2012 - Present
Ohio Employment Lawyer's AssociationMember2011 - Present
Cleveland Employment Inns of CourtN/A2006 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationLeadership Academy2011 - 2011
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssocationCommittee Member2011 - 2014
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Northeast Ohio chapter)Executive Board Member2006 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Lawyer MagazineThe Use of Sex-Stereotyping Claims by LGBT Employees in Ohio2011
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar JournalGoogle Mistrials: What the Legal System Can do to Keep the Internet Out of the Jury Box2010
Ohio State Law JournalMay I Be Recused? The Tension Between Judicial Campaign Speech and Recusal After Republican Party of Minnesota v. White2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude2004
George Washington UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio Association for Justice Annual ConventionEmerging Issues in FMLA Litigation2013
50th Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Law ConferenceSocial Media at Trial2013
Ohio State Bar Association Annual ConventionSocial Media at Trial2012
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionWhy Social Media is a Nightmare for Attorneys and What to do About it2012
Ohio Association for Justice Annual ConventionDiscovery of Social Media2012
Cleveland-Marshall College of LawProp 8 and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage, Panel Moderator2011
Annual SeminarSocial Media and the Law2011
Diversity DayRecent Developments in Employment Discrimination2010