Matthew  J.  Feery

Matthew J. Feery

Chicago, IL


Vice chair of Much's Labor & Employment group, Matt helps employers of all sizes develop strategies and solutions to promote compliance with federal, state, and local labor and employment laws. He understands that clients want not just legal advice, but also practical business advice that allows them to mitigate legal risk while growing their ventures.

Matt regularly advises on hiring and termination, restrictive covenants, COVID-19 pandemic-related issues, wage and hour requirements, discrimination and harassment, medical leaves, and related matters. Matt's experience spans issues arising under discrimination laws, such as Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and wage and hour laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). He is also well-versed in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and myriad other laws.

Clients rely on Matt to assist with harassment compliance training and to draft employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, employee handbooks, and other employment-related documents in a manner designed to protect and preserve flexibility for employers. Matt works with clients to develop solutions that are tailored to their businesses and their needs, rather than present a one-size-fits-all solution regardless of business realities.

In addition to his counseling practice, Matt represents and defends employers in litigation in numerous settings, including state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has experience in all aspects of client defense, including investigation, case analyses, and strategy development and execution.

Matt regularly writes and speaks on employment-related matters, keeping apprised of legal developments around the country so his clients are able to plan and not just react to changes in the labor and employment landscape.



University of Illinois College of Law
J.D., 2007, magna cum laude
Marquette University
B.A., 2003, cum laude

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Matt is a member of the associate board of Clearbrook, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals and the families of individuals with developmental delays and intellectual/developmental disabilities.

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