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Matthew J. Behr

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15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5429
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 414-6048
(856) 414-6077 - Fax
mjbehr@mdwcg.com

Matthew's practice is concentrated in the defense of public entities in the areas of employment law and municipal liability. As well, he defends municipal and county governments, police departments, police officers and school boards in cases relating to civil rights, sexual harassment, age discrimination, race, ethnic, gender and handicap discrimination, and land use issues. Matthew also has vast experience in cases involving retaliation and whistle blowing under state law, and his practice involves both federal and state courts.

In 1994, Matthew received his B.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his juris doctor from Seton Hall School of Law in 1998. During law school, Matthew was a member of the Legislative Journal and the Family Law Clinic, co-director of the Student Tutorial Organization and a teaching assistant. Following law school, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable George L. Seltzer in Atlantic City.

Matthew joined Marshall Dennehey in 2003, bringing with him considerable employment law experience. He spent the previous three years with an Atlantic City, New Jersey, law firm, working as an associate in the Employment Law/Negligence Defense Department. 

Significant Representative Matters

  • Summary judgment granted in case where employee of a Board of Education brought whistle blowing allegations.

  • Summary judgment granted in case against general contractor where damages were well in excess of $1 million by showing the contractor had no involvement in the alleged deficient work site.

  • Summary judgment granted in case where former employee sued police department for discrimination and alleged whistle blowing activities.

  • Summary judgment granted in case where plaintiff alleged police officers used excessive force where multiple officers shot him numerous times.

  • Summary judgment granted in case where former employee of Board of Education brought allegations of violations his civil rights when the Board of Education reported to police allegations of improper use of his Board-issued computer.

Published Works

  • "New Jersey's Common Law Right to Know and OPRA - What Public Officials Must Know About the Public's Right to Documents," Defense Digest, 2011-06, Vol. 17, No. 2

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2010-present

  • "Tort Claims Notice Required For All Torts, Including Intentional Torts," Defense Digest, 2005-06, Vol. 11, No. 2

  • "Whether an Employee's Conduct Is Deemed Within or Outside the Scope of Employment May Determine Whether a Notice of Tort Claim is Required to be Filed," Defense Digest, 2004-06, Vol. 10, No. 2

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ (J.D., 1998)

    Member: Legislative Journal

    Co-Director, Tutorial Organization

  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (B.A., 1994)

    Major: Political Science 

Pages

Law Alerts January 19, 2018
The plaintiff filed an Open Public Records Act request for copies of all attorney invoices and settlement agreements from 2010 to 2015. The defendant township denied the request, and the Law Division agreed that the request was invalid. The..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff alleged that the defendants, including Grodeck, violated his civil rights under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act. Mr. Grodeck is an attorney and represented himself pro se. After the plaintiff’s complaint was dismissed,..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
The plaintiff requested documents from the prosecutor’s office under the Open Public Records Act and the common-law right to access to public records. The prosecutor’s office denied the request, asserting they were exempt from production..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts July 19, 2016
The plaintiff filed a lawsuit in state court against New Jersey Transit, asserting various causes of action, including a claim based on the New Jersey Civil Rights Act. The plaintiff did not file any cause of action specifically based on federal law..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 15, 2016
The plaintiffs, K.L. & J.L., individually and on behalf of their minor child, J.L., filed a request for due process hearing under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, claiming, among other claims, that the school district failed to..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts January 6, 2015
The plaintiff brought a declaratory judgment action for failure to comply with the Open Public Records Act. The trial judge dismissed the declaratory judgment action, ruling in a case of first impression that an alleged violation of OPRA does not..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2015
Law Alerts July 1, 2014
The Appellate Division, per curium, held as a matter of law that the state of New Jersey cannot be sued under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act since the state is not a person capable of being sued under the Act. , Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2014
Law Alerts January 2, 2014
The plaintiffs brought a constitutional challenge to New Jersey’s parallel marriage/civil union structure in which same sex couples could not marry but could enter into civil unions. The court held as a matter of law that this structure...
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
The plaintiff filed an action seeking a judgment declaring the defendant-school district and its custodian of records in violation of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and in violation of the common law right of access to public records. The..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts January 11, 2013
The plaintiff submitted a request seeking documents showing names and addresses of all licensed dog and cat owners in Fair Lawn, including all dog and cat applications or licenses on file, in order to mail literature endorsing animal-friendly..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013

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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1999

Associations & Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2003

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