Matthew M. Durham

Matthew M. Durham

Partner & Chair: Labor & Employment Group
Salt Lake City, UT

About Matt

Matt Durham leads the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. A frequent media commentator and blogger at the World of Employment blog, Matt has more than 20 years of experience helping employers resolve disputes in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, drug testing, leave, benefits and labor/occupational safety issues. He routinely advises employers on developing and implementing personnel policies and complying with state and federal employment laws. Matt also represents clients in general civil litigation matters and has experience mediating employment disputes.

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  • CHG v. Leake, (Utah State Court): Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of CHG to enjoin former employee from improperly competing with the Company and soliciting its customers.
  • Dickson v. Endurance International, Inc. (D. Utah): Represented employer in a race and age discrimination case. After conducting discovery and filing motion for summary judgment, plaintiff agreed to dismiss case with no consideration paid by employer.
  • McLaughlin v. Cookietree, Inc. (Utah Ct. App): Represented Cookietree, Inc. in a protracted disputed with a former executive involving employment and corporate ownership issues. Obtained favorable rulings in arbitration on employment issues and in state court on corporate issues, which were upheld on appeal.
  • Kepas v. eBay Inc. (10th Cir.): Obtained order from federal district court compelling arbitration in gender and age discrimination, harassment and retaliation case. Tenth Circuit affirmed district court's decision after arbitrator awarded summary judgment on all claims.
  • Pumphrey v. LifeScan, Inc. (D. Utah): Claims of age and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Ellington v. Murray Energy Corp. (D. Utah): Won summary judgment on religious discrimination, failure to accommodate and retaliation claims.
  • Stien v. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. (Utah Ct. App. 1996): Court of Appeals upheld district court's dismissal of invasion of privacy claims based upon video produced by employees and shown at company function.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2013 and 2018; and Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2016
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment), 2009-2019
  • Selected “Employment Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2013
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, listed since 2011
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Labor & Employment), 2005-2018
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Employment & Labor), 2010-2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section, Utah State Bar and American Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Utah State Bar and American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Board of Governors, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, 2017-present
  • Board member, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, 2016-present
  • President, The Road Home Board of Trustees (formerly Travelers Aid Society of Salt Lake City), 2005-2008
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