MATTHEW A. STOLOFF has been Of Counsel to the firm since 2013 and devotes his time to civil litigation, particularly special education law, employment law, and appellate advocacy.
Matthew began his legal career in law school where he was a student attorney in the Disability Rights Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law. After passing the New Jersey bar, Matthew’s first clients were low income parents whose child with a disability was not receiving a free and appropriate education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (“IDEA”). Since then, Matthew has had the privilege of representing many parents on behalf of their children in special education matters. He has been successful in helping children receive the accommodations and modifications they need to succeed in school and has also obtained numerous settlements that place children with disabilities in private schools at the school district’s expense.
Beyond his special education practice, Matthew counsels and represents students who have been accused of bullying in violation of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Law.
Matthew works closely with the firm’s partners, Tom Jardim and Rich Meisner, in the areas of employment law. He represents blue collar and white collar employees in employment discrimination matters against companies, school districts, and government agencies. Such cases often involve employees who were wrongfully terminated on the basis of age, sex, and disability, in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) as well as various federal laws. A handful of Matthew’s employment litigation cases also involve whistleblowers who were unlawfully terminated from their employment in violation of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”).
ERISA is another major component of Matthew’s employment law practice. ERISA is an acronym for Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Enacted in 1974, one purpose of ERISA is to protect employees’ pension and welfare benefits promised by their employers. Matthew reviews Plan documents and represents Plan beneficiaries to obtain the benefits that the companies promised to them. He has a particular interest in ERISA “top hat” plans because he was actively involved in the representation of several current and retired executives against Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Recognized for his outstanding ability to critically analyze legal issues and write persuasive legal arguments, Matthew has written motion papers and appellate briefs in a variety of civil litigation cases in the trial courts, Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the District Court for the District of New Jersey. His motion papers and appellate briefs have addressed special education, employment law, ERISA, construction defects, consumer fraud, medical malpractice, asbestos litigation, personal injury protection (“PIP”), prisoner’s rights, and unemployment compensation.
Matthew earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He is currently admitted to practice law in New Jersey as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
“Can You Ethically Advise Your Clients to Secretly Record Communications?” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, October 2009, at 73-75.
Interviewed and quoted in “New Jersey Ditches Bona Fide Office Rule, Permits Virtual Practice If Conditions Are Met,” ABA/BNA (Bureau of National Affairs), Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol. 29, No. 3, 70-71 (January 30, 2013).