Matthew H. Hawes helps clients navigate every aspect of employee benefits, executive compensation, and equity compensation; including the drafting and design of qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, health and welfare arrangements, deferred compensation plans, and employee agreements. He also performs employee benefits due diligence reviews in the mergers and acquisitions context, and he advises companies on regulatory compliance with the US Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA.
Previously, Matt was a law clerk for Judge Susan P. Graber of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked as a tax associate in a New York-based law firm, where he advised clients on US federal tax issues, including the consequences of capital markets transactions, private equity investments, and mergers and acquisitions. In that capacity he represented clients in tax controversy matters before the IRS and US federal courts.
Before earning his law degree, Matt spent more than four years serving in the United States and abroad as an officer in the United States Navy, earning the rank of lieutenant. His duties included service onboard the USS Inchon (MCS-12) as the weapons officer, assistant first lieutenant, and combat information center officer; service with the 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division as a naval gunfire liaison officer assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and service as an artillery liaison officer.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2003, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
University of Rochester, 1995, B.A., Cum Laude
Clerkship to Judge Susan Graber of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2007 - 2008)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Chambers USA (2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA Law), US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Next Generation Lawyer, Labor and employment: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design, The Legal 500 US (2016, 2018, 2019)
Rising Star, Employee Benefits, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2018)