Matthew M. Durham

Matthew M. Durham

Salt Lake City, UT

About Matt

Matt Durham is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Labor & Employment group and previous chair of the group. A frequent media commentator and blogger at the World of Employment blog, Matt defends employers in Utah and throughout the west in disputes in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, drug testing, leave, noncompetition, workplace torts, benefits and labor/occupational safety issues. In addition to litigation, Matt routinely advises employers in Utah and elsewhere on developing and implementing personnel policies and complying with state and federal employment laws. He routinely assists employers in complying with a wide range of employment laws, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act

Matt serves clients in a range of industries, including consumer products, retail, manufacturing, and education. Whether in litigation or in advising clients, Matt’s goal is to help an employer find efficient, common-sense ways to resolve employment issues in ways that further their business objectives.


Matthew Durham is held in high esteem for his expert representation of employers in a range of courtroom and administrative proceedings, including the defense of wage and hour actions and discrimination claims. He also offers broader counsel on federal and state law. ‘Our experience with him has been outstanding – he’s very responsive, listens carefully and advises us thoughtfully. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better adviser,’ observes one client.”
 - Chambers 2019         


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  • CHG v. Hayward DuPont, LLC, (Utah State Court): Obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of CHG to enjoin former employees from improperly using trade secret information 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 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2020; 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), 2009–2022
  • Selected “Employment Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah State Bar Labor and Employment Section, 2013
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, 2011–2018, 2020–2021
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Labor & Employment), 2005–2021
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Employment & Labor), 2010–2021
  • 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 Trustees, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, 2019
  • Board of Governors, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, 2017–present
  • Board member, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, 2016–present
  • Board member, Refugee Justice League, 2017–present
  • Past President, The Road Home Board of Trustees
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Taming the COVID-19 Chaos: What Employers Need to Know Part 6” Stoel Rives LLP webinar
  • Data Wars (Data Security & Privacy for Employers), Stoel Rives CLE Seminar
  • Are Employers Required to Pay Interns?,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations,” Stoel Rives CLE Seminar
  • Department of Labor Seeks Input on New Rules for White Collar Exemptions” (co-author), Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • Panelist, “Succession Planning and Talent Acquisition,” 8th Annual Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Passes Bill Regulating Non-Competes,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • “Trade Secrets, Noncompetes, and Preventing Employee Data Theft,” Stoel Rives Lunch Seminar
  • “Utah Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Act,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • Utah LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Goes Into Effect,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • Utah Legislators Make History, Pass LGBT Antidiscrimination/Religious Freedom Bill,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • “Talent Management: How to Win the War for Talent,” Sixth Annual Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • “Workplace English-Only Policies,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace,” Client Training, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • “Labor Law for Non-Union Employers,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Religious Accommodation in the Workplace,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Unpaid Interns and Volunteers,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Bring Your Own Device Policies and Practices,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “What Every Employee Should Know About Discrimination and Harassment,” West Jordan City, Utah
  • Utah Passes Internet Employment Privacy Act,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • “The Evolving Landscape of Emerging Risk: What Are the ‘Known Unknowns’ and the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ in Your Business?,” (Panelist on social media in the workplace), Enterprise Risk Management Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Employers: Stay Out of Trouble in 2013!,” Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • “Managing the Use of Social Media In and Out of the Workplace,” Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • “Employees with Medical Conditions, Managing the Overlap Under Workers Compensation, the ADA and the FMLA,” Stoel Rives LLP
  • “Ironclad Separation Agreements,” Salt Lake Employers Council

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