Matthew T. Wise


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  • Biography

    Matthew T. Wise is a Partner in the Detroit office of GRSM, where he focuses his primarily litigation-centric practice in the defense of labor and employment disputes/litigation and municipal matters.  This practice includes extensive practice and appearances with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the National Labor Relations Board.  His employment litigation practice also involves appearance in all phases of litigation regarding claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, employment hiring practices, non-compete and non-solicit agreements, and issues involving Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and related state and federal statutes, as well as general consulting, training, and consulting for employers.  Knowledgeable in all phases of complex litigation, Matthew also has extensive experience in the areas of class action litigation, estate planning, business consulting, premises liability and product liability litigation, dram shop, automobile/no-fault defense and general civil litigation.

    Prior to practice, Matthew served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.


    • Michigan
    • Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. Supreme Court


    • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Macomb County Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

    Community Involvement

    • Volunteer Income Tax Preparer (VITA)
    • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Volunteer
    • Legal Aid volunteer providing estate planning assistance to low-income individuals in Oakland County, Michigan 
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • In re Flint Water Litigation (obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in class action and individual claims pursued by over 50,000 individuals relative to the City of Flint’s water supply).
    • Bellefant v. Matrix Human Services (obtained summary disposition on behalf of client as to ten-claims providing valuable Head Start community services related to prior employee investigation and resignation).
    • Bridges v. Melton and Muskegon Family Services (obtained summary disposition on behalf of client in wrongful termination claims and discrimination claims).
    • Washington v. Kalamazoo Garden Solutions (obtained summary judgment on federal discrimination and failure to promote claims on behalf of employer).
    • Currently involved in class action litigation related to Michigan Property Tax Foreclosure matters in federal court.
    • Dixon v. City of Roseville, et. al. (obtained summary judgment in federal civil rights/harassment case).
    • Birch Run Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau v. Saginaw County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Saginaw County (obtained voluntary dismissal of dispute between convention and visitors’ bureaus over County tax dollar allocation).
    • Jones v. James-Martin Chevrolet (obtained favorable settlement in an employment discrimination case).
  • Education


    J.D., cum laude, Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012

    B.A., Economics and Business, Kalamazoo College, 2008


    Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch distinction in Municipal Law (2021-2024), Litigation - Labor and Employment (2023-2024), Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2024)

    Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2021-2023)