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MATT PIERCE is a shareholder at the firm in the area of labor and employment law. Before joining the firm in 2017, Matt practiced at a union-side labor firm in Fort Worth, Texas. He has represented and advised international and local labor unions across diverse fields, including electrical workers, service and hospitality workers, firefighters, police officers, teachers, transportation and aerospace workers, and other public and private sector employees. His union representation has involved litigation in federal and state courts; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and other administrative agencies; and arbitrations. Matt also represents employee benefit funds in federal litigation and oversees the firm's collections practice for benefit funds. Matt has represented individuals in various employment disputes, including discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the ADA and related statutes; collective wage and hour actions under the FLSA and state wage laws; breach of contract and wrongful termination; and employment-related tort actions such as defamation.  

Matt received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He received a B.A. summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a National Merit Scholar. Matt has co-authored several academic papers and presentations, including Let's Dance: A Discussion of Unprecedented Organizing and How Labor Law Evolved in Response for the 2023 Midwinter Meeting of the ABA Sector of Labor and Employment Law's Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, and Service Contract Act: An Overview, Section 4(c) and Federal Enclaves for the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance's 34th Annual Conference.


Matt is a contributing editor for the treatise The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act (Bloomberg BNA, 2023), and he currently serves as co-chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Social Media Committee. He has been recognized in the Illinois Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars each year since 2021.


  • Illinois Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

  • Supreme Court of Texas (Inactive)


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2013

  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2010

notable cases

  • City of Springfield v. PBPA Unit #5 and Springfield Firefighters, IAFF Local 37, 2021 IL App (4th) 200164, appeal denied, 183 N.E.3d 914 (Ill. 2021)

  • City of Mattoon (Fire Department), 37 PERI ¶ 30 (ILRB-SP 2020), aff'd, 2021 IL App (4th) 200417-U

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