Matt has exclusively represented workers for over 15 years in many areas of employment law. He has successfully represented clients in litigation ranging from failure to pay overtime, failure to promote, failure to hire, failure to pay sales commissions, sexual harassment, assault, pregnancy, age, race, disability, and national origin discrimination, as well as wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblowing and public policy wrongful discharge matters for at-will employees. Matt will represent clients before litigation in front of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Prior to private practice, Matt served as a law clerk in 1994 to the Honorable James H. Allen, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of Tennessee, and in 1995 as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Dowd, Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals - Eastern District.
Matt was an associate with Van Amburg, Chackes, Carlson & Spritzer, LLP from 1996 to 2003, and was a partner with Chackes, Carlson, Spritzer & Ghio, LLP from 2003 to 2008.
He received his law degree, in 1994 from Saint Louis
University and his Honors A.B. in History and Art History, magna cum laude, in 1991 from Saint Louis University. He received the David Grant Clinic Award for his work in the civil clinic during law school. Matt is admitted to practice law in the State of Missouri, as well as U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, and the Federal and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Matt is involved in several community organizations, including Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. and the Justine Petersen Housing and Reinvestment Corporation. He received the 2005 President's Award from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).
Matt lives with his wife, Laurie, in Brentwood, with their daughters Holland Elizabeth and Lia Anne, as well as two very well behaved standard poodles, Jack and Benny.
Chris began practicing in 1997, and since 2000 has focused on defending individuals
facing criminal charges in Missouri. He has successfully defended clients in many
Missouri counties on misdemeanor and felony charges ranging from minor drug
possession and driving while intoxicated to weapons, assault and murder, as well as
white collar matters like forgery and embezzlement. Chris also has a background in
immigration law, as well as simple estate planning matters like wills, powers of attorney and advanced healthcare
directives (living wills).
Chris is a graduate of Webster University, with an A.B. in History and International
Studies, and earned his J.D. from Rutgers University. He is an active member of
Mentor St. Louis, a literacy program serving St. Louis Public School students.