Matthew Miklave has more than three decades of experience as a labor, employment, and civil rights attorney, and has served as a litigator, counselor, and contract negotiator throughout his career. He is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group.
Labor, Employment, and Civil Rights
For more than 30 years, Matt has represented employers and management in all areas of employment, civil rights, and traditional labor law, including issues arising under federal and state anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes; non-compete agreements and other post-employment restrictions; wage and hour investigations and litigation; multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability and administration; collective-bargaining negotiations, administration and enforcement proceedings; corporate restructurings, reorganizations and plant closings; and employment practices and policies.
Among other precedential matters, Matt represented the NYNEX Corporation and New York Telephone Company before the New York Court of Appeals in a case establishing that a breach of contract action cannot be brought based on the breach of an employment handbook when that handbook contains a disclaimer (Lobosco v. NYNEX). He successfully defended the County of Westchester before the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving Constitutional claims arising from the criminal arrest and “Perp Walk” of correction officers (Caldarola v. County of Westchester). Matt also successfully represented the Hertz Corporation and Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation in a lawsuit seeking to enforce the post-employment restrictions of its former employees, a case resulting in a six-figure settlement in favor of the plaintiff companies (Hertz Corp. and Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. v. Mummendey, Ercolano and Ahern Equipment Rental Corp.)
Labor and Employment Relations
Matt represents employers and management in labor relations matters. He serves as lead labor negotiator for a Fortune 50 corporation; defends employers before state and federal trial courts and administrative agencies; and advises employers on all aspects of employee relations and human resources matters.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Matt was a partner with a national employment law firm based in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. He also served as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, in Washington, D.C.; as trial attorney to the NLRB's Regional Office in Brooklyn, New York; and as hearing officer in numerous union-management representation matters.
Matt regularly lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of employment, labor, and civil rights-related topics. Along with two other Robinson+Cole lawyers, he authors the Manufacturing Law Blog, one of the first blogs in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors. He is on the adjunct faculty of LawLine.com, an online provider of continuing legal education programs.
Matt has been recognized by LawDragon.com and Human Resources Executive Magazine as the “Nation’s Top 100: Powerful Employment Attorneys” (2010-2017). He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management since 2011 and selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2015 to 2017.