About:

Matthew W. Herrington is an associate attorney at DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC. Matthew grew up in the Florida panhandle and has lived in Atlanta since completing his legal studies.

Matthew’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of Employment and Labor Law, FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Litigation, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Litigation, Negotiation of Employment and Severance Agreements, and Employee Benefit Disputes (e.g., pensions, group life insurance). He has represented numerous clients—including both employees and employers—in matters relating to minimum wage and overtime underpayment, various forms of illegal retaliation, and employee contract and benefit disputes. Matthew is quickly becoming a specialist in the areas of tip credit law and misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and he has successfully handled a large number of such cases against Metro Atlanta nightclubs and bars. Matthew’s experience includes litigation in all of Georgia’s primary trial and appellate courts, both federal and state. 

Education:

  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • John Alton Hosch, Lumpkin, and Law School Association Scholarships
  • Harvard University, M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2008
    • Stefurak Scholarship Fund in Ukrainian Studies
    • Graduate Research Fellowship, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
  • Florida State University, B.A. in Russian with Honors in the Major, 2004
    • Uhrhan Scholarship for an Outstanding Senior, Dept. of Modern Languages
    • Named “Outstanding Undergraduate in Slavic” in three different years

Bar admissions:

  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional memberships & affiliations:

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia chapter (NELA-GA)