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Matthew R. Korn

Partner, Columbia
t: 803.740.7652
f: 803.255.0202


Matthew Korn is a partner in the firm’s Columbia office representing and advising employers in all areas of employment, labor and health and safety law.

Matthew focuses his practice on defending employers across the country in complex class and collective action litigation, primarily involving wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, mass layoffs and plant closings under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and background check documentation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Matthew has substantial experience working with employers in many industries, including the hospitality and restaurant, construction and heavy equipment, mining, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. 

Matthew also enjoys advising clients on day-to-day employment issues arising under federal and state employment laws such as Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Matthew represents employers in government audits and investigations, including USDOL audits and OSHA/MSHA investigations. Additionally, he assists employers with traditional labor matters, including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations. Matthew regularly provides interactive training for supervisors and managers on employment and labor law compliance.

Matthew’s experience working as in-house counsel at a multinational, publicly traded company has provided him with the unique ability to view employment law problems from the client’s perspective so that he can provide practical business advice and solutions to firm clients. 

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), litigating mine safety and health cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. Matthew uses this experience to counsel clients during government investigations, implementing proactive safety programs, and throughout the litigation process. 

While in law school, Matthew served as a judicial intern for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. As recognition for his exemplary work, Matthew was a recipient of the William J. Curtin Endowed Scholarship in Labor Relations.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)

Professional Activities

Appointed by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to the South Carolina Mining Council and to serve as the Governor’s representative to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

Community Activities

Matthew is an active community volunteer advocate of the United Way of the Midlands. He is currently serving as a member of the Community Impact Committee and the Young Leaders Society. Matthew also serves as a member of the Glenforest School Board.  Glenforest School is a K-12 independent non-profit day school that provides high quality instruction to increase the academic skills and social competence of students with disabilities.  Matthew, his wife Haylee, and their sons, MJ (Matthew Jr.), Joshua, and Caleb live in Lexington and attend church at Mt. Horeb UMC.


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Proposed Silica Exposure Limits: Impact on the Mining Industry" - Mining Association of South Carolina Annual Workshop - Columbia, SC
    April 2014
  • "Contesting MSHA Citations: Successful Strategies to Reduce Liability" - Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers Annual Convention - Springfield, IL
    April 2014
  • "Simplifying Your Life: Contest Proceedings Made Easy" - North Carolina Mine Safety & Health Conference, Sunset Beach, NC
    April 2014
  • "Loan Originator Qualifications Reg Z Criminal and Credit Background Checks)" – AgFirst Credit Compliance Conference, New Orleans, LA March 2014
  • "What's New with MSHA:  Legal and Regulatory Update" – SE Mine Safety and Health Conference, Birmingham, AL
    November 2013
  • "GHS/HazCom Standard – MSHA/OSHA Compliance" – Georgia Mining Association, Environmental Workshop, Macon, GA
    October 2013
  • "Effective Strategies in settling OSHA/MSHA Citations" – America’s Safest Companies Conference, Atlanta, GA
    October 2013
  • "Tattoo Nightmares:  Employment Law Concerns Regarding Dress & Appearance Rules" – South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association – Greater Greenville Chapter, Greenville, SC
    September 2013
  • "Law and Order: MSHA – The Cutting Edge of MSHA Law" – Georgia Mining Association Annual Convention, Ponte Vedra, FL
    July 2013
  • "MSHA Litigation and Regulatory Update: Discrimination Complaints Under the Mine Act" - 6th Annual New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference, Socorro, NM
    May 2013
  • "Labor Law Update for the Mining Industry" – Mining Association of South Carolina Annual Workshop
    April 2013
  • "Keeping MSHA Out of Your Piggy Bank: Reducing Costly Penalties Before, During, and After MSHA Inspections" – North Carolina Aggregates Association Health & Safety Conference, Asheville, NC
    March 2013
  • "Conducting Effective Background Checks: Navigating Federal and State Regulation" – East Central Georgia Employer Committee, Thomson, GA
    February 2013
  • "Discrimination Complaints Under the Mine Act: Six Steps to Prevent Complaints and Protect Your Company" – North Carolina Mine Safety and Health Law School, Morganton, NC
    October 2012
  • "Is Your Criminal Background Check Policy Consistent with the EEOC's Updated Guidance?" - Webinar
    May 2012
  • "Keeping it Simple: Using the New Procedural Rules to Your Advantage" – Mining Association of South Carolina Annual Workshop
    April 2012

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