I am Matt Austin. I focus my practice on labor and employment law, including representing companies in all aspects of dealing with labor unions. I train employers on staying union-free and guide them through union campaigns and elections. I negotiate contracts and handle grievances and arbitrations. I respond to unfair labor practice charges and have handled NLRB hearings acrosss the United States. I conduct strike planning and combat economic pressure techniques like strikes, salting, sickouts, and corporate campaigns. I also navigate complex labor laws when assisting companies with decertification elections or withdrawing recognition of unions.
I also have an active OSHA practice that naturally grew out of representing employers defending themselves against labor unions. I help companies comply with OSHA regulations, assist during OSHA investigations, and represent employers in OSHA litigation. I also handle high-stakes workplace investigations involving wage and hour issues and pervasive discriminatory practices promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor, the EEOC and state equivalent agencies, or individual plaintiffs through their own attorneys.
I have been on the executive board for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Labor and Employment Law Section; past chair of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Labor and Employment Law Committee; chair of the CBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee; and chair of the annual “Midwest Labor Law Seminar” which brings over 500 labor and employment attorneys to Columbus, Ohio for a two-day continuing legal education program each year.
I am also a frequent lecturer and author. I am a contributing editor for the American Bar Association’s definitive labor law treatise, Developing Labor Law, and I co-edit and write articles for the OSBA Labor and Employment Law Newsletter. I received a B.A. magna cum laude in political science and foreign policy from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. I am also regularly identified by my peers as one of the best labor lawyers through Super Lawyers®. I am active on LinkedIn, so feel free to connect with me there – and let me know you read my blog!