Boston Employment and Personal Injury Lawyer Matthew J. Fogelman


Matthew J. Fogelman is a founding partner of Fogelman Law LLC. Mr. Fogelman’s litigation practice is focused on employment law and personal injury cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having won a number of significant cases on behalf of plaintiffs, including prevailing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a ground-breaking disability discrimination case involving an employee’s right to use medical marijuana off-site.  Mr. Fogelman also recently prevailed on an age discrimination case in Norfolk County, securing a $1.2 million verdict at trial for his client.

For his work on the Barbuto medical marijuana employment case, Mr. Fogelman was named one of the “Lawyers of the Year” for 2017 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly; he also received the award for most outstanding 2017 “Professional Achievement” of any member by USA500, a prominent networking group of lawyers and other professionals, out of 650 members.

For five consecutive years (2018-2022), Mr. Fogelman has been selected as a “Top 100 Super Lawyer” for both Massachusetts and New England, a distinction received by only 100 lawyers out of nearly 44,000 lawyers in Mass. and nearly 80,000 in New England.

In the employment arena, Mr. Fogelman has litigated cases ranging from Wage Act and overtime cases to discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation matters. He has significant experience advising employees on non-compete and severance agreements.

In the personal injury realm, Mr. Fogelman has extensive experience litigating complex personal injury cases and emotionally-charged cases, including allegations of sexual abuse and wrongful death, as well as car collisions, slip-and-falls, and dog bites, among many others.

A former newspaper reporter, Mr. Fogelman also has experience in First Amendment and defamation and libel law, and has counseled clients concerning defamatory material published on the Internet.

Mr. Fogelman’s class action practice is focused on helping groups of employees and consumers recover damages in cases in which individually their matters would not be large enough to be cost-efficient. He and the firm have prevailed in several class-action matters, including a significant wage and hour case involving illegal distribution of tips and cases involving tenants who have been the subject of systematic illegal charges of amenity fees and other fees by landlords and large management companies.

J.D. (cum laude), Boston College Law School, 2002
  • Member of the Third World Law Journal
B.A. (English), Wesleyan University, 1997
  • Editor-in-chief of the newspaper, the Wesleyan Argus
  • All Massachusetts State Courts
  • All New York State Courts
  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court for the District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)
  • Member, Board of Governors
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association (MELA)
  • Selected as a "Top 100" Super Lawyer for Massachusetts and for New England, 2018.
  • Recognized as one of the "Lawyers of the Year" for 2017 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Named a New England and Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in employment law for five consecutive years, 2014-2018
  • Named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star” by Boston Magazine for four consecutive years, 2010-2013
  • Published article in the University of Alabama Law School’s Journal of the Legal Profession concerning sleeping criminal defense attorneys, as well as numerous other articles.
  • Associate, Todd & Weld LLP
  • Associate, Bingham McCutchen
  • October 18, 2018 - “Substance Use and Abuse in the Workplace” — Faculty Member on MCLE panel
  • September 6, 2018 - “Marijuana and the Workplace.”  Presented to 100+ HR professionals, who comprise the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association (GMVHRA)
  • May 3, 2018 - Employment Law and the Barbuto Case.  Panelist on the annual MATA-MDL “Both Sides of the Bar” event
  • March 3, 2016 - Panelist on the annual MATA-MDL “Both Sides of the Bar” event

About My Practice

Lawyers often talk about standing up for the little guy, and sometimes this sounds cliche.  But in my case, and for our firm, it is true – this is why we practice law.  We relish the underdog mentality. Corporations sometimes act as if there are no consequences for treating workers illegally, including discriminating against employees and systematically depriving them of the wages to which they are due.  They count on employees being afraid to confront wrongful conduct, or that wage underpayment will be not be enough to justify hiring an attorney. Similarly, in injury cases, insurance companies often believe they can use their size and teams of lawyers to avoid paying what their insureds owe for causing crashes, injuries, and even death, and causing catastrophic harm to our clients and their families. We advocate for our clients and fight for their rights, and we will not stop.

We balance the playing field.

We fight for our Community and uphold the Community’s safety. We help balance the playing field.  We hold corporations and defendants fully accountable for wrongful conduct. We demand justice and fair compensation. While we work steadfastly in seeking full compensation for our clients through settlement negotiations, if defendants and insurance companies will not pay what they owe, we will not hesitate to take them to trial, where our firm has an enviable record of success for our clients. ________________________

Client Review

"I came to Matt in a time of uncertainty. He really listened to what I had to say, what I was going through, and had sound advice and action to help get me through a tough time. At the end of the day he helped provide a favorable outcome for me, and I am thankful I made the decision to hire him and the team at Fogelman & Fogelman. I can not recommend them enough. Thank you again for all of your help."

Google Review 5 Stars - J.M.

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