Matthew High Associate




Matthew High represents established businesses and individuals in all aspects of civil litigation. His practice encompasses the defense of clients in employment law, commercial litigation, automobile liability and general liability matters.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Matt was the Director of Legal and Labor Affairs for a local school district. In that role, he negotiated collective bargaining agreements, conducted employee investigations, and handled matters that involved government agencies such as the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Civil Rights, and Michigan Wage-and-Hour Division.

Areas of Focus

Matthew has defended municipal entities and Fortune 500 corporations in cases involving discrimination, wrongful termination and breach of contract. He advises clients on complex workplace issues and assists in developing sound personnel practices, along with strategies to avoid litigation.

Commercial Litigation
Matthew represents businesses in contractual disputes. He has experience settling breach of contract cases, resulting in settlements for nominal amounts.

Automobile Liability
Matthew has represented insurance carriers in all phases of litigation. His astute attention to detail and his research skills help him meet clients' needs seamlessly.

General Liability
Matthew has experience defending Fortune 500 companies in general liability matters. He has represented retailers in several premises liability matters that generated favorable results for clients.

Representative Matters

Assisted in obtaining dismissal of a first-party action on behalf of an insurer client, demonstrating plaintiff failed to show associated expenses were reasonable or customary as required by law.

Succeeded in summary disposition motion against plaintiff who alleged that a multinational automaker negligently hired an engineering intern.

Second-chaired a two-day jury trial resulting in favorable verdict involving a breach of distribution agreement.

Represented a national retailer in a premises liability matter resulting in settlement for nominal amount.

Successfully argued a summary disposition motion on behalf of an insurance carrier in medical billing dispute.

Assisted in negotiation of successful teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement on behalf of Oakland County school district.