Derby, Matthew S.

Profile & Practice Areas

Matthew S. Derby represents and advises private and public sector employers in a wide variety of matters in the areas of employment, labor, corporate and commercial law. His practice includes negotiation of, counseling in, and drafting of individual employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, severance agreements, employment policies and work rules, commercial vendor/supplier agreements, and asset and stock acquisition agreements.

Matt also routinely advises and represents private and public employers in employment matters involving:

  • Hiring
  • Investigation of employee misconduct
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Promotions/demotions
  • Closure/sale of unionized businesses
  • ERISA withdrawal liability
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Progressive discipline and discharge
  • Employment severance agreements
  • Family medical leave compliance
  • Disabilities discrimination and accommodation
  • Race/gender/age discrimination matters

Matt presents seminars on labor and employment law issues for employer groups and in university management courses.

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Michigan Association of School Board Attorneys
  • National Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Municipal League
  • Michigan Association for Municipal Attorneys
  • Michigan Townships Association

Community Involvement

  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Committee, Board of Directors, 2017 - Present
  • Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), Member