Matthew Gagnon

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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South Wacker Drive 233
Chicago 60606 IL US

Mr. Matthew Gagnon is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice on Complex Discrimination and Wage and Hour Litigation. Mr. Gagnon’s practice focuses on defending employers against complex class and collective action litigation arising under federal and state wage and hour  and anti-discrimination laws, as well as government-initiated investigations and litigation.

He has extensive experience defending clients with a national presence in a wide range of industries, including franchisors, hospitality and restaurant companies, staffing companies, retailers, financial institutions, and education companies. His expertise covers the full scope of claims and theories arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ADEA, and the ADA.

A significant portion of Mr. Gagnon’s practice entails litigation against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern or practice litigation.

Mr. Gagnon has written extensively about complex discrimination topics and is the co-author of Seyfarth Shaw’s yearly analysis of key trends and developments in EEOC litigation, titled “EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends To Watch For In 2016.” When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Mr. Gagnon has been instrumental in defending our clients against those high-profile, systemic cases to achieve efficient and effective case resolution.


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law (2003)
    • Articles Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (2000)


  • American Bar Association


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