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Matthew K. Seeley
Partner

Matthew K. Seeley is a business, commercial, and employment attorney with 30 years of accumulated legal education and experience. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, midsized, closely-held, family, and startup entities as well as individuals and their personal/business partners. Matthew not only represents clients in transactional, regulatory, and administrative matters, he also has extensive litigation experience in corporate, commercial, employment, real estate, tax collection, and workers’ compensation disputes. Matthew has litigated cases throughout Ohio State courts, in the U.S. Northern and Southern District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, and myriad state and federal administrative agencies and municipalities. Matthew is a member of the Ohio State, Cleveland Metropolitan, and West Shore Bar associations, and in 2019 served as a delegate to the Eighth District Judicial Conference. Matthew is a regular presenter, researcher, and writer, including on novel and niche topics such as the Ohio Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Ohio Civil Theft Act, and HR risk avoidance updates. Matthew is AV-rated and an Ohio Super Lawyer in Business/Corporate law. Matthew received his B.A. from Kenyon College and his J.D. from the University of Akron where he spent a summer studying European Union law at Magdalene College, Oxford University, England.

Education

  • Saint Ignatius High School, 1989
  • Kenyon College, B.A. 1993
  • University of Akron, J.D. 1996

Representative Matters

Provide counsel on employment matters related to COVID-19, including civil action and OSHA retaliation.

Represent employers in non-competition agreements, and in claims involving workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, ADA, discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment.

Represent entities and individuals in collection efforts by the Internal Revenue Service and the Ohio Department of Taxation and in complying with State of Ohio administrative matters.

General counsel to a premiere, boutique ACT/SAT tutoring organization in the northeast Ohio region

Advise clients regarding business agreements and independent contractor agreements, shareholder disputes, fiduciary issues, contractor and vendor disputes, mechanics’ liens, and commercial lease negotiations.

Provide guidance on trade secret, copyright, and licensing matters.

Professional Associations

Ohio State Bar Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Litigation Section Council Member

West Shore Bar Association

Eighth District Judicial Conference Delegate (2019)

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Ohio Super Lawyer - Business/Corporate (Thomson Reuters) - 2022
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Magnificat High School Fathers' Club
Saint Ignatius High School Fathers' Club - Former Officer
The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
Loyola Club of Cleveland
Lakewood Young Filmmakers Board of Directors
Clifton Club Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Tax Court

Published Cases

ATAC Corporation v. Arthur Treacher's Inc., Case No. 280 F.3d 1091, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2002
Hood v. Diamond Products, (9th Dist. 2000), 137 Ohio App.3d 9
Boyd v. Lincoln Electric Co., (8th Dist. 2008), 2008-Ohio-3044
Fine Line Communications, Inc. v. I. Schumann and Company, (8th Dist. 2010), 2010-Ohio-1438
The Osborn Engineering Company v. K/B Fund IV Cleveland, LLC, (8th Dist. 2011), 2011-Ohio-348
First Merit Bank, N.A. v. NEBS Financial Services, Inc., (8th Dist. 2006), 2006-Ohio-5260 Transition Health Care Associates, Inc. v. New London Health Care, (6th Dist. 2012), 2012-Ohio-3411
Allstate Insurance Company v. Sears Roebuck & Co., (7th Dist. 2007), 2007-Ohio-4977 Orrenmaa v. Omnitronics, LLC, (11th Dist. 2008), 2008-Ohio-4299


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