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Matthew K. Parker

Senior Associate

Matthew focuses his practice on business litigation and employment litigation matters in New York City and throughout New York State. He has extensive experience handling a variety of business and contract litigation matters on behalf of financial institutions and commercial clients, including claims involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, tortious interference with contract, and other business torts. Matthew’s commercial practice also involves defense and prosecution of intellectual property claims, including trade secret and unlawful competition claims.

Matthew’s employment litigation practice involves representing employers in discrimination and retaliation claims, employment contract litigation, wage and hour class actions, and claims involving restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses.

As a member of the Cannabis & Hemp Practice, Matthew advises clients on a range of issues affecting the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of cannabis and hemp products. Matthew counsels businesses seeking licenses to operate within the industry, as well as clients seeking to do business with the cannabis industry, focusing on regulatory compliance and risk minimization.

Matthew is also a member of the Product Liability & Complex Tort Practice, which represents businesses in complex, mass tort and products liability actions.


The Ohio State University, B.A., magna cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch (Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs) 2024
  • Recipient of the 2022 Pro Bono Award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Business Litigation) 2017 - 2023
  • Managing editor, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, 2013-14
  • CALI Award for Insurance Law, 2013

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  • Class director, Nichols School Alumni Association
  • Volunteer Tutor, Our Lady of Hope Home School


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County 
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