Matthew Korn is an associate in the Columbia office. He represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law.

Matthew's background includes significant experience in health and safety litigation with the federal government. 

He uses this experience to counsel clients during government investigations, implementing proactive safety programs, and throughout the litigation process. 

Matthew also advises clients on day-to-day employment issues arising under statutes such as Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, and the FLSA. Additionally, he assists employers with traditional labor matters, including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations. 

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.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he litigated mine safety and health cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. 

Matthew is also a regular contributor firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog.

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Reported Cases

Secretary of Labor v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., et al., 35 FMSHRC 3208 (Sept. 24, 2013) (ALJ McCarthy)

Darnell v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15677 (4th Cir. July 31, 2013)

Secretary of Labor v. Dynamic Energy, 33 FMSHRC 1998 (Aug. 31, 2011) (ALJ Paez) (litigated on behalf of MSHA during former employment with Department of Labor)

Professional Activities

Matthew is an Associate Member of the Mining Association of South Carolina (MASC), the North Carolina Aggregates Association (NCAA), and the Georgia Mining Association (GMA) and serves on the Health and Safety Committee of each industry group.

Matthew is also a member of the Health and Safety Committee of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


The ABCs of Health and Safety Law
November 5, 2014

Ebola, Meet The ADA: Advice For Employers On Handling The Outbreak
October 16, 2014

Shifting Gears: MSHA Proposes Changes To Penalty Criteria
July 31, 2014

Benefits Outweigh Risks In Criminal Background Checks
May 7, 2012

Limited Liability Company? You May Be Liable For More Than You Thought
April 2, 2012

My Employees' Medical Records are Private, Right?
Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog
April  29, 2013

Legal Alerts

NLRB Starts Down The Slippery Slope With Controversial New Joint Employer Ruling
August 28, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Ebola Preparedness for South Carolina Employers
November 2, 2014

Office Taboos Going Up In Smoke
April 28, 2014

"State of the Unions: New Tactics Target Unorganized Workers" Published In Hospitality Law Conference
March 7, 2014

Labor & Employment Digest: March 2014
January 27, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitrator's Decision in Favor of Class Arbitration
June 10, 2013

Newsletter Articles

Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?
March 1, 2016

Ebola Preparedness
November 3, 2014

State of the Unions: New Tactics Target Unorganized Workers
December 3, 2013

Strike Two – The EEOC's Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks
October 1, 2013

MSHA's Still Making Its POV List, But No Longer Checking it Twice
March 1, 2013

Preventing Discrimination Complaints Under The Mine Act: Six Steps To Protect Your Company
January 2, 2013

Preventing Off-Duty Employee Access
November 1, 2012

Getting Off OSHA's "Black List"
October 1, 2012

By The Way, Are You A Criminal?
June 1, 2012

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Disparate-Impact Claims Under The ADEA And The RFOA Defense
May 1, 2012

OSHA's Twin Sister Is In Your Backyard
March 1, 2012


Preparation, Prevention, Policy – A Labor and Employment Law Guide: One Day, Many Solutions Columbia
May 4, 2016

EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference
October 26, 2015

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).


Matthew is an active community volunteer with the United Way of the Midlands. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair for the Financial Stability Council (FSC), member of the Community Impact Committee, and member of the Young Leaders Society. Matthew and his wife Haylee are also partners at Radius Church in Lexington.


  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    J.D. 2010
  • Providence College, Providence, RI
    B.A. 2007, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • New York