Matthew W. Herrington

Matthew W. Herrington is an associate attorney at DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC. Matthew grew up in the Florida panhandle and has lived in Atlanta since completing his legal studies.

Matthew’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, Family Medical Leave Act litigation, and whistleblower litigation. He has represented numerous clients—including both employees and employers—in matters relating to minimum wage and overtime underpayment, various forms of illegal retaliation, and employee contract and benefit disputes. Matthew is quickly becoming a specialist in the areas of tip credit law and misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and he has successfully handled a large number of such cases against Metro Atlanta nightclubs and bars.

Matthew’s experience includes litigation in all of Georgia’s primary trial and appellate courts, both federal and state. He speaks Russian and is learning Spanish in order to better serve Georgia’s Latin American community.

Matthew maintains the Georgia Wage Theft Blog, covering recent developments in minimum wage and overtime law in Georgia and beyond.

Bar admissions

  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013

  • John Alton Hosch, Lumpkin, and Law School Association Scholarships

Harvard University, M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2008

  • Stefurak Scholarship Fund in Ukrainian Studies
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute

Florida State University, B.A. in Russian with Honors in the Major, 2004

  • Uhrhan Scholarship for an Outstanding Senior, Dept. of Modern Languages
  • Named “Outstanding Undergraduate in Slavic” in three different years

Professional memberships and affiliations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia chapter (NELA-GA)