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Matthew D. Besser

Discrimination Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Matthew Emerson Douglas Besser

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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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. 

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Posted by Joseph | September 1, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Job with my case
I reached out to Matt and his work with my case was superb, very thorough and prompt. I appreciate his approach. He was very helpful with instructing me on what was required of me for the case. My constitutional rights were protected and upheld thanks to this attorney.
Posted by Joshua | April 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!!!
I could not have been any happier with Mr. Besser! He was kind, courtious, and extremely intelligent. It was amazing how well he handled my case. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Wrongful Termination Case
When I was unexpectedly terminated from a management position last year I was devastated. The next day I found Matt Besser while researching Ohio employment lawyers and my call to him changed everything. He listened intently to the facts surrounding my dismissal, asked questions that I didn’t even know were relevant at the time, and quickly built a case that resulted in a very satisfactory outcome.. Matt is a rare attorney who combines his command of employment law with a genuine interest in the difficulties his clients face after a loss of livelihood. He and his firm have gained my highest confidence. 5/5 stars. Paul C., Columbus Ohio
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Posted by Katalin | March 6, 2014
Great lawyer!
Matt is an amazing lawyer! He is so easy to work with, he is very knowledgeable, he is patient, he listens and explains well, and he made me feel at ease at all time. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing an employment lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2014
He brought home a win and gave me my life back.
Matt represented me in an employment discrimination claim. Throughout his representation he was professional and responsive. His pragmatic litigation approach and his incredible knowledge of employment law optimally positioned us for an amazing result - which he and his partner got. Perhaps most importantly, with him as my attorney I had the confidence and ease of mind that my case was being handled by someone who was truly advocating for me. They brought home a win for me and in doing so, gave me my life back. I can't recommend Matt and his firm enough.
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Posted by Larry | February 21, 2014
Very thorough and helpfull
I worked with Matthew regarding a delicate employment situation and his specific advise was quite helpful. He was very quick to reply and his knowledge of the law and how it applies to my situation was spot on. I would definitely work with him again.
Posted by Robert | December 24, 2013
Very Positive Experience
From my initial interview to the final settlement Mr. Besser was always a spot of legal perfection. During the year and a half of legal proceedings he covered all matters with the greatest of detail. ALL correspondence were responded to with complete information and in a way that i could understand. His analysis of all the issues involved was absolute perfection. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Besser for legal representation.
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Posted by Kelly | August 11, 2011
Wonderful firm to work with
It has been a pleasure working with Matt. He returned all of my calls and emails promptly, and discussed everything with me, from beginning to end. I have worked with lawyers in the past that I felt neglected by, but I can honestly say, he kept me fully aware of what was going on, how to fill out my paperwork, and helped me get the best settlement. I would highly recomend this firm to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2011
Outstanding advocate in wrongful termination
Mr. Besser was able to provide me with superb counseling in my wrongful termination case. He's a true professional and treated me and my concerns with great respect. He provided a clear assessment of the pros and cons of his legal strategy so that I fully understood his approach. Additionally, he was an excellent communicator. He emailed and called me frequently and there were no delays in returning my calls. As a result of his strong advocacy, I received a very favorable settlement.
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Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • United States Court Of Appeals 3d Circuit
  • 2004 - 2005


  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
  • 2004
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • Certified Grievance Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judicial Selection Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio Employment Lawyer's Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Leadership Academy
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Assocation
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Northeast Ohio chapter)
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2006 - 2014
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer -- Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star -- Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, District 12
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • 2013
  • Rising Star -- Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star -- Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Donald S. Teller Memorial Award
  • Ohio State Law Journal
  • 2003
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  • Ohio Lawyer Magazine
  • The Use of Sex-Stereotyping Claims by LGBT Employees in Ohio
  • 2011
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
  • Google Mistrials: What the Legal System Can do to Keep the Internet Out of the Jury Box
  • 2010
  • Ohio State Law Journal
  • May I Be Recused? The Tension Between Judicial Campaign Speech and Recusal After Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • 50th Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Social Media at Trial
  • 2013
  • Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Emerging Issues in FMLA Litigation
  • 2013
  • Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Discovery of Social Media
  • 2012
  • Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Social Media at Trial
  • 2012
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention
  • Why Social Media is a Nightmare for Attorneys and What to do About it
  • 2012
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Prop 8 and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage, Panel Moderator
  • 2011
  • Annual Seminar
  • Social Media and the Law
  • 2011
  • Diversity Day
  • Recent Developments in Employment Discrimination
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Discrimination Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an impressive lawyer with exceptional depth and sound legal instincts, which only come with experience. I frequently reach out to Matt to get his thoughts on unique legal issues because his thoughts are always on point and useful."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Superb lawyer and one of the best brief writers I've encountered."

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Cleveland Discrimination Lawyer Matthew D. Besser
Matthew D. Besser
Discrimination Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 19 years