Matthew Giacobbe, Principal Partner
Matthew Giacobbe is an accomplished and highly experienced attorney who specializes in representing public and private sector management in all aspects of labor and employment law. He holds the position of general counsel or labor counsel for many school boards, municipalities, independent authorities, and other governmental entities throughout New Jersey. As part of an impressive track record of success , he has achieved a significant victory by successfully arguing before the Supreme Court of New Jersey in the case of Loigman v. Middletown Township, where the Court upheld that municipal attorneys are not policymakers under 42 USC §1983 and are, therefore, immune from liability for their actions during trial.
Throughout his illustrious career, Matthew has demonstrated exceptional skill and knowledge in handling complex and intricate labor negotiations involving public and private sector employers, often securing concessions from unions in areas such as salary, insurance co-pays, and overtime. He regularly provides solution-oriented advice to clients on termination and employee discipline, employee rights and benefits, and other personnel matters. He has also amassed an impressive record of achievement in litigating claims involving employment discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wrongful discharge, retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblower claims, and restrictive covenant litigation in federal and state courts, and before the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Matthew is a respected authority and thought leader in the field of labor and employment law and has written numerous articles on the subject. He has lectured extensively for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey School Boards Association, and New Jersey League of Municipalities. He is regularly recognized as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, a distinguished organization known for its rigorous selection process that chooses only the most accomplished attorneys, in the New Jersey monthly magazine. This distinction is a testament to his exceptional achievements, expertise, and reputation in the field of labor and employment law. Before joining private sector practice, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Garrett Brown, U.S.D.J. in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Email: [email protected]
Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1989 magna cum laude
Seton Hall University, J.D., 1993 magna cum laude
United States District Court, District of New Jersey