Matthew E. McCarthy
Matthew McCarthy is an associate lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office.
Matthew maintains a broad labour and employment practice advising employers in all areas of workplace law and in their relationships with employees, unions and regulatory agencies. He has acted in matters relating to progressive discipline, absenteeism, disability management, policy enforcement, terminations, mass layoffs/plant closures, among others.
In addition to advocacy work, Matthew also maintains a significant solicitor practice involving, among other things, the negotiation, drafting and review of employment contracts, severance agreements, releases, policies and practices, and employee handbooks.
Matthew attended law school at the University of Windsor, where he was awarded the Torkin Manes LLP award for academic excellence and service to the community. Post-graduation, Matthew summered and articled at a national full service firm with a focus on labour and employment law. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2015, he began his practice by working for two well-regarded management-side labour and employment boutique firms before joining Gowling WLG in May 2019.
Prior to attending law school, Matthew spent a number of years in the operations and human resources branches of the retail industry, working for several large international employers. As a result of these diverse experiences, Matthew is readily able to “step into an employer’s shoes” and provide practical, advice that addresses a client’s most pressing needs in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Outside the office, Matthew is a fierce competitor on the squash court and an avid supporter of the performing arts. He also takes every opportunity to hone his performance skills on the stage as well as the courtroom, appearing in numerous community theatre productions in the Greater Toronto Area, including the 2019 Lawyers Show.