Matthew K. Seeley

Cleveland: 216.685.4815


“We have the temperament to gauge disputes evenly and the experience to bring about the optimal and most cost-effective result.”

Matthew advocates for and protects the rights of his clients in all areas of business and employment litigation.

Matthew represents Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses, start-ups, and individuals in a variety of disputes including:

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Construction Claims
  • Employment Law
  • Product/Premises Liability
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Workers' Compensation

when skill matters

  • Successfully argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a U.S. District Court ruling enforcing the arbitration clause in a master franchise agreement.
  • Represented a real estate developer in an eminent domain proceeding advanced by a local sewer authority, ultimately negotiating compensation in an amount nearly double the original offer, all prior to suit being filed.
  • Obtained injunctive relief against the imposition by a local municipality of a special tax disguised as a license fee against a regional company by demonstrating that the municipality imposed such to profit rather than to compensate for the municipality's expenses.
  • Successfully argued before the Belmont County Court of Appeals to uphold the granting of summary judgment for a national department store chain in a product liability case.
  • Defended a metropolitan housing authority against a claim for disruptional delay brought by a general contractor before the American Arbitration  Association.
  • Successfully mediated shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary obligation case involving a close corporation, wherein the client, a minority shareholder, obtained a seven figure payout.
  • Defended a HUD-subsidized housing facility against Ohio Civil Rights complaint involving the eviction of a tenant whose behavior was in violation of the terms of the lease agreement and federal environmental regulations.
  • Obtained seven figure judgments against perpetrators of industrial theft and fraud on behalf of local businesses via the Ohio Civil Theft Act.
  • Defended a bus manufacturer in a product liability case based, in part, on the economic loss doctrine.
  • Defended several regional and area businesses in wrongful termination claims, in numerous instances through summary judgment.

articles + presentations

  • Legal Issues Regarding Staffing (Presenter, Test and the Rest, Winter Conference, January 10-15, 2020)
  • Seeking Civil Damages for Criminal Acts in Ohio (Presenter, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Litigation Institute, April 5, 2019)
  • Litigating Claims Under the Ohio Civil Theft Act (Author, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Law Journal, November 2018)
  • Reasonability of Restrictive Covenants; Defend Trade Secrets Act (Presenter, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Annual Labor & Employment Conference, April 20, 2017)

civic involvement

  • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy - Board of Directors
  • Magnificat High School Fathers' Club
  • Saint Ignatius High School Fathers' Club - Former Officer
  • The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
  • Loyola Club of Cleveland

professional associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Litigation Section Council Member
  • West Shore Bar Association
  • Delegate of the Eighth District Judicial Conference (2019)


University of Akron School of Law, JD

Oxford University, Summer Program Participant

Kenyon College, BS/BA

Saint Ignatius High School



U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Ohio