Matthew C. Lonergan


Matt Lonergan practices almost exclusively in the area of labor relations and employment law on behalf of management. In his career, he has represented companies throughout the country in the areas of collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and arbitration, employment discrimination litigation in both federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Act, wrongful discharge, wage and hour law, and other employment-related areas. He is also experienced in ADR and mediation and has served as a mediator in employment litigation matters.

Matt spends a great deal of time consulting with management clients in identifying potential legal issues and resolving day-to-day management and operational issues.

Matt is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee (Labor Law Section), Texas and American (Labor and Employment Law Section) Bar Associations, and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. He serves on the firm’s Marketing Committee and is co-editor of the Labor and Employment Newsletter.

Notable Matters
  • Obtained summary judgment for personnel supplier in automotive industry in case involving allegations of FMLA interference, FMLA retaliation, ADA discrimination, failure to accommodate under the ADA, and retaliation in violation of the ADA. In granting supplier’s motion for summary judgment, the court held that the company was entitled to rely on an FMLA certification showing the plaintiff was not legally entitled to leave, that plaintiff did not make a request for a reasonable accommodation as a matter of law, and that the plaintiff could not show that the supplier’s legitimate, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reason for terminating him was pre-textual.
  • Represented hospital in case involving current employee who was reassigned as an administrative assistant to a lower level executive, and then brought claims alleging racial harassment, race discrimination, failure to promote, and retaliation. Obtained summary judgment on three of four claims, and in mediation negotiated a settlement by securing employee’s resignation while discharge was looming.
  • Successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreement for a subcontractor taking over a business unit at a government testing facility. Disavowed existing CBA, negotiated bridge agreement and negotiated significant changes to new CBA while securing minimal economic changes due to structure of contract with general contractor.
  • Represented Tennessee municipality in several employment discrimination cases. Secured summary judgment in multifaceted Title VII race discrimination case filed by city worker, affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and obtained dismissal on twice-filed ADA case by police officer.
  • Represented trucking company in jury trial on three plaintiffs’ ADEA discrimination claims. Obtained directed verdict on one plaintiff’s claims, and then obtained favorable post-trial rulings reversing jury’s finding of willful violation and liquidated damages for other two plaintiffs, resulting in modest monetary verdicts.