Matthew J. Behr


    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.

    Clients rely on Matt to handle their most complex and high-exposure litigation. He has successfully settled numerous cases well below the initial demand, including a high-profile case involving allegations of bullying in a school district that received national attention. He understands the complexity of these cases and how they affect not only the clients, but the carriers as well, from both a litigation and reputational perspective.  

    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. 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. 

    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

    “Police Officers Have a Ministerial Duty to Render Assistance to an Intoxicated Person Involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident and Are Not Immune Under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act,” Defense Digest, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2020

    Legal Updates for New Jersey Public Entity & Civil Rights, regular contributor, 2018-present

    New Jersey
    Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
    The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1994)
    Associations & memberships
    New Jersey Bar Association
    Year joined