Mathew E. Flatow

Mathew E. Flatow

SeiferFlatow, PLLC
  • Business Law, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation...
  • North Carolina
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Summary

As a lawyer and a small business owner, I view my cases with a singular focus: to solve the problems faced by my clients.

I founded SeiferFlatow, PLLC in 2011 after years of developing a broad and extensive litigation practice in both state and federal court in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. Experienced in many types of civil litigation, I am committed to achieve the best possible results for every client embroiled in a legal dispute or requiring personalized legal advice. My unceasing commitment to satisfied clients is the hallmark of my practice.

Though legal battles can sometimes be long and grueling, I work to be a steadfast advocate; I works tirelessly to address my clients’ needs. I help my clients find peace of mind even in the face of a legal battle.

My clients include international business owners looking to do business in or hire employees in Charlotte; business owners in Charlotte looking to protect their companies from potential vulnerabilities or protect employees and trade secrets; individuals looking to maximize contracts or pursue legal options after termination; and workers who have been injured on the job.

*** Watch my videos below for answers to common workers' compensation and employment law questions. ***

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Criminal Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted.
  • Contingent Fees
    No fee without successful recovery for personal injury and workers' compensation cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Partner
SeiferFlatow, PLLC
- Current
Counsels injured, mistreated, discriminated against and terminated workers with their claims against large corporations and insurance companies.
Associate Attorney
Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
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Associate attorney in the firm's Charlotte office. My practice focused in the areas of general civil litigation and workers' compensation..
Legal Clerk
Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina
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Interviewed domestic abuse victims and researched allegations to determine the viability of cases.
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of Notre Dame
B.A. | Political Science
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Awards
Rising Stars, 2012-19
Super Lawyers
2012-19
Legal Elite
Business North Carolina
Legal Elite - Young Guns
Business North Carolina
North Carolina Business Journal’s list of Legal Elite for 2014. This honor recognizes the fact that his courtroom achievements and skills are acknowledged by both the general public as well as by fellow members of the legal community.
Top 40 Litigators in State of North Carolina Under 40
National Trial Lawyers
Named to the National Trial Lawyers’ list of the top 40 litigators in the State of North Carolina under the age of 40. Each year, no more than 40 of the lawyers in the state under the age of 40 receive this honor. Membership into the Top 40 under 40 association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
Top 100 Trial Attorneys in North Carolina
National Trial Lawyers
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by National Trial Lawyers Association. Mathew has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers for 2012 and 2013. Each year, no more than 100 lawyers in the country receive the distinction of top 100 litigators. Membership into the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
Top 40 Litigators in State of North Carolina Under 40
National Trial Lawyers
Named to the National Trial Lawyers’ list of the top 40 litigators in the State of North Carolina under the age of 40. Each year, no more than 40 of the lawyers in the state under the age of 40 receive this honor. Membership into the Top 40 under 40 association is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer. It is also in a large part based on peer review and nomination.
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates of Justice
Member
- Current
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North Carolina State Bar
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Visiting Faculty, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Blog
SeiferFlatow, PLLC
Videos
About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  I got hurt at work, do I qualify for Workers Compensation?  Generally speaking, if you had an accident at work that led to an injury, you qualify for workers compensation in North Carolina.  Typically, an accident involves a slip, trip, fall or other untoward event.  However, simply being able to describe a specific traumatic event may be sufficient if the injury is to your back.  Also, if you suffer from a disease related to your work environment, you may qualify for workers compensation.  The law is complex and every situation deserves to be analyzed on its own merits.I got hurt at work, do I qualify for Workers Compensation?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com I got hurt at work, do I qualify for Workers Compensation? Generally speaking, if you had an accident at work that led to an injury, you qualify for workers compensation in North Carolina. Typically, an accident involves a slip, trip, fall or other untoward event. However, simply being able to describe a specific traumatic event may be sufficient if the injury is to your back. Also, if you suffer from a disease related to your work environment, you may qualify for workers compensation. The law is complex and every situation deserves to be analyzed on its own merits.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  What qualifies as wrongful termination?  Wrongful termination is often confused with the concept of being unfairly fired. In North Carolina, fairness has nothing to do with wrongful termination. In order for your termination to qualify as wrongful termination, you must show that you were either discriminated against, retaliated against for participating in a protected activity, refusing to commit an illegal or unsafe act or other reasons that violates North Carolina public policy.SeiferFlatow, PLLC - What qualifies as wrongful termination?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What qualifies as wrongful termination? Wrongful termination is often confused with the concept of being unfairly fired. In North Carolina, fairness has nothing to do with wrongful termination. In order for your termination to qualify as wrongful termination, you must show that you were either discriminated against, retaliated against for participating in a protected activity, refusing to commit an illegal or unsafe act or other reasons that violates North Carolina public policy.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  What is a hostile work environment?  People commonly misunderstand what a hostile work environment is from a legal perspective.  Having a mean boss who yells a lot does not constitute a hostile work environment from a legal standpoint.  To prove that you are part of a hostile work environment, you must show that you are part of a protected class as defined by your race, gender, age, religion, disability, etc. and that you were subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of your protected class.  It is also important to note that the behavior must be considered severe and pervasive to be defined as an abusive work environment.What is a hostile work environment?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What is a hostile work environment? People commonly misunderstand what a hostile work environment is from a legal perspective. Having a mean boss who yells a lot does not constitute a hostile work environment from a legal standpoint. To prove that you are part of a hostile work environment, you must show that you are part of a protected class as defined by your race, gender, age, religion, disability, etc. and that you were subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of your protected class. It is also important to note that the behavior must be considered severe and pervasive to be defined as an abusive work environment.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  What is a disability rating?  A disability rating is a doctor’s broad judgment on the percentage of loss to your injured body part. For example, if you have an arm injury, the doctor may give you a 10% rating to your arm which means that the doctor believes your arm is only 90% from where it was pre-injury. The North Carolina Industrial Commission has provided a Ratings Guide to define the percentage of loss to a body part post injury. The rating is put into a formula to define the amount of compensation your injured body part is worth. It is best to have an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney help you calculate the value of your rating and, if appropriate, get a second doctor to provide an opinion on your rating which may increase the value of your case.What is a disability rating?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What is a disability rating? A disability rating is a doctor’s broad judgment on the percentage of loss to your injured body part. For example, if you have an arm injury, the doctor may give you a 10% rating to your arm which means that the doctor believes your arm is only 90% from where it was pre-injury. The North Carolina Industrial Commission has provided a Ratings Guide to define the percentage of loss to a body part post injury. The rating is put into a formula to define the amount of compensation your injured body part is worth. It is best to have an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney help you calculate the value of your rating and, if appropriate, get a second doctor to provide an opinion on your rating which may increase the value of your case.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  What constitutes retaliation?  Retaliation in the workforce is different than how we normally think of the definition of retaliation.  Retaliation in a legal sense is when an employee receives an adverse employment action such as termination, demotion, etc. for participating in a protected activity.  Protected activities include filing a complaint with the EEOC, complaining about discrimination, filing a workers compensation complaint, refusing to break the law and reporting your employer to OSHA.What constitutes retaliation?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What constitutes retaliation? Retaliation in the workforce is different than how we normally think of the definition of retaliation. Retaliation in a legal sense is when an employee receives an adverse employment action such as termination, demotion, etc. for participating in a protected activity. Protected activities include filing a complaint with the EEOC, complaining about discrimination, filing a workers compensation complaint, refusing to break the law and reporting your employer to OSHA.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  What compensation are injured employees entitled to under North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law?  Generally speaking, an injured worker should be provided all medical care needed to provide relief from pain and effectuate a cure to the condition. In addition, should the injured worker miss time from work, they should be paid two-thirds of their gross wages as compensation. Finally, at the end of the case, the injured worker may be entitled to a settlement which should factor in their future needs and/or their disability rating.What compensation are injured employees entitled to under North Carolina Workers Compensation law?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com What compensation are injured employees entitled to under North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law? Generally speaking, an injured worker should be provided all medical care needed to provide relief from pain and effectuate a cure to the condition. In addition, should the injured worker miss time from work, they should be paid two-thirds of their gross wages as compensation. Finally, at the end of the case, the injured worker may be entitled to a settlement which should factor in their future needs and/or their disability rating.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  North Carolina is an "at-will" employment state. What does this mean?  Simply put, employment “at-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee without just cause and without any warning.   Conversely, an employee is permitted to quit a job without giving notice for any reason.  Practically speaking, “at-will” employment makes it possible for employers to terminate employees for any non-discriminatory reason without having to fear legal repercussions.North Carolina is an at will employment state What does that mean?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com North Carolina is an "at-will" employment state. What does this mean? Simply put, employment “at-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee without just cause and without any warning. Conversely, an employee is permitted to quit a job without giving notice for any reason. Practically speaking, “at-will” employment makes it possible for employers to terminate employees for any non-discriminatory reason without having to fear legal repercussions.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  I have been offered a severance agreement, should I have an attorney review it?  The severance agreement provided by your employer was drafted by their legal counsel, it only makes sense for you to have an attorney looking out for your interests review it as well.  Having an attorney review the agreement will make sure that it is a balanced document that will not harm you going forward.  Further, the attorney will make sure that you are not waiving any rights that should not be waived. Finally, the attorney can advise whether the compensation is adequate or if you should negotiate a better deal.I have been offered a severance agreement, should I have an attorney review it?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com I have been offered a severance agreement, should I have an attorney review it? The severance agreement provided by your employer was drafted by their legal counsel, it only makes sense for you to have an attorney looking out for your interests review it as well. Having an attorney review the agreement will make sure that it is a balanced document that will not harm you going forward. Further, the attorney will make sure that you are not waiving any rights that should not be waived. Finally, the attorney can advise whether the compensation is adequate or if you should negotiate a better deal.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  How do I prove that I was wrongfully terminated?  The easiest way to prove that you were wrongfully terminated is through direct evidence.  If there was a conversation, email or document that shows you were fired due to your race, religion, age, national origin, sex or being a member of some other protected class, then you can prove wrongful termination.  If there is no direct evidence, it may be possible to show that the circumstances around your termination indirectly prove you were wrongfully terminated.How do I prove that I was wrongfully terminated?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com How do I prove that I was wrongfully terminated? The easiest way to prove that you were wrongfully terminated is through direct evidence. If there was a conversation, email or document that shows you were fired due to your race, religion, age, national origin, sex or being a member of some other protected class, then you can prove wrongful termination. If there is no direct evidence, it may be possible to show that the circumstances around your termination indirectly prove you were wrongfully terminated.

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/  Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com  Can an employee be terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim?  North Carolina has a Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) that specifically prevents employers from firing an employee because they have filed a workers compensation claim. If you have been fired after filing a claim, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor. The best practice may be to talk about your situation with an attorney who has experience in both workers’ compensation and employment law so they can advise you on the best way to go forward in both cases.Can an employee be terminated for filing a workers compensation claim?

About the Author: http://www.seiferflatow.com/attorney-bios/mathew-e-flatow/ Contact the Author: 704-512-0606 or attorneycontact@seiferflatow.com Can an employee be terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim? North Carolina has a Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) that specifically prevents employers from firing an employee because they have filed a workers compensation claim. If you have been fired after filing a claim, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor. The best practice may be to talk about your situation with an attorney who has experience in both workers’ compensation and employment law so they can advise you on the best way to go forward in both cases.

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