District of Columbia
George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia – J.D.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia – B.A.
Clients praise Matthew Estes’ “communications skills,” “sound legal advice, and diligent professional service.”
Matthew represents both public and private sector employees. He has significant experience litigating cases before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in federal and state courts. Matthew successfully defends the rights of federal workers from nearly all federal agencies, as well as employees who work for private-sector employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized organizations. He has obtained favorable settlements and outcomes in employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, due process violations, reasonable accommodations, whistleblower reprisal, security clearance applications, and veterans’ rights.
Matthew’s favorite part of his work is making positive impact on his clients’ lives, often during a time of crisis. Whether helping to save a client’s career, stopping harassment, or negotiating a separation from a bad work situation, Matthew finds it rewarding to see the real-world impact his representation has for his clients. For example, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee recently retained the firm to respond to a proposed removal. Based on Matthew’s response, the employee was able to keep her job. Matthew also obtained a financial settlement for an employee who was fired for taking medical leave after suffering a stroke.
Prior to joining Alan Lescht and Associates, Matthew worked at a large employment law firm in Washington, DC. During law school, his studies and work experience focused on the areas of employment and employment discrimination law and litigation. Matthew worked as a law clerk at a small firm in Washington, DC, throughout law school, where he was able to gain valuable first-hand experience assisting attorneys with representation of public and private sector employees and public-sector unions.
Matthew has also published articles regarding federal employment matters, including whistleblower retaliation, and presented training to federal and private organizations regarding veterans’ rights.
Published Works & Media Appearances
Co-Author, Protected Disclosure or Policy Disagreement: The Debate to Define Disclosures of a Substantial and Specific Danger to Public Health or Safety, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, Autumn 2010 (Aspen Publishers).
Presenter, When Soldiers Return to Civilian Service: What You Need to Know About Veterans’ Rights, North Alabama Chapter, Federal Bar Association Ninth Annual Personnel & Labor Law Symposium, April 14, 2011, Huntsville, AL.