Matthew K. Fenton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Tampa, FL

Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A.
 | 1110 North Florida Avenue, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-579-4449
Fax: 813-229-8712
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

Matthew K. Fenton, a partner with Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., has dedicated his entire legal practice to helping employees who suffered harm due to the actions and unfair treatment of others. Mr. Fenton handles cases in a variety of practice areas, serving Florida clients throughout Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, and Miami. Employing his decades of experience for the benefit of each client, he takes cases pertaining to the following legal areas:

·         Employment law

·         Wrongful termination

·         Hostile work environment

·         Family Medical Leave Act

·         Discrimination

·         Employment contracts and agreements

·         Unpaid overtime

·         Payment disputes

·         EEOC mediation

·         Fair Credit Reporting Act violations

·         Retaliation

·         Government investigations

Since receiving admittance to The Florida Bar in 1994 after graduating from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Mr. Fenton has experience with over 1,000 employment law cases in his decades of practicing law. He also has permission to try cases before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He has built a strong reputation for achieving positive results by tenaciously defending the interests of employees and standing up to workplace bullies and employers.

After practicing for more than twenty years and handling over two thousand employment law cases, I have observed that many of my clients, at some point in the representation, share with me that one of their primary motives in seeking legal assistance is to make sure that what happened to them does not happen to somebody else. As a passionate, competitive trial lawyer who enjoys holding employers accountable for their actions, I help my clients achieve their goal by taking on workplace bullies and not letting go until a reasonable measure of justice has been achieved. Clients often tell me that the most rewarding part of the litigation experience for them is the day that I take the deposition of the person who ultimately caused them to be terminated or otherwise violated their workplace rights, putting them on the hot seat and making them account for the half-truths and outright lies they often tell to cover up their unlawful actions. While the theater of courtroom combat is certainly an adrenaline rush, what I most enjoy about representing employees is watching a client move from frustrated and angry when I first meet them and, after a matter has concluded, seeing that they have obtained satisfaction and closure as a result of my efforts.

I am the first (and only) lawyer from a large family with mostly blue-collar roots. I am proud to be a “Double Gator,” graduating from the University of Florida where I received my bachelor’s degree in English in 1989, with honors, and my law degree, with honors, in 1993, while serving on the Editorial Board of the University of Florida Law Review. However, in terms of how I can relate to a broad variety of people and be equally comfortable with folks who perform hard physical labor for a living as well as business executives at major corporations, my former boss, United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo for whom I served as his first Law Clerk, often told me that I learned more about how to be a trial lawyer as a result of my years at Tampa’s Jefferson High School, an inner city school with a remarkable mix of ethnicities and socioeconomic groups, than any other formal education I’ve had since.

Since leaving that highly coveted, career-shaping position as a federal judicial law clerk, I’ve tried numerous employment law cases in both state and federal courts. Moreover, I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in every edition of Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009, have been selected by my peers as a Florida Super Lawyer in Employment Law every year since 2012, and have been selected as a member of the Legal Elite in Employment Law by Florida Trend Magazine. In 2016, I was selected by Best Lawyers in America as the “Lawyer of the Year” for individuals in Tampa Employment Law. In 2017, I was the only employee-side attorney selected to the Super Lawyers “Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay.” In 2018 and 2019, I was selected by my peers as “Top Lawyer – Employment Law (individuals)” in Tampa Magazine. I have also spoken on employment law topics and authored various publications on employment law, most recently contributing a chapter to the American Bar Association’s practice guide “Litigating the Workplace Harassment Case.” I have served as the Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and am active in both the Florida and national chapters of the National Employment Law Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Justice Association

What is more important to me than any external recognition or involvement in the legal community are the contents of the folders I keep in my desk drawer filled with thank you letters, notes, cards, plaques, emails and various other items received from clients through the years. Many employees spend more hours at work than they spend anywhere else – when something goes wrong in that relationship or when an employer fails to pay an employee what they are owed, it can become quite personal. I am always aware that when a client chooses me as their attorney, they have chosen to allow me to handle a matter that is very personal to them, and I treat it as such. I will try to learn about their family, their hobbies, and their interests, while sharing various aspects of my own background, including that I am lucky to be married to a first generation Cuban American, Rebeca Fenton, and am a father to two wonderful boys. When I’m not fighting for employee rights, I enjoy traveling with my family, collecting and listening to music from a broad variety of musical genres, reading, spending time at the beach, and watching or attending Florida Gator football and basketball.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (100%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About Matthew Fenton

Admitted: 1994, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.wenzelfenton.com/tampa-employment-law-attorneys/m...

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers In America, Employment Law, 2009 –2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Employment Law, 2012 — 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tampa Employment Law- Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2012, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Florida, 1994
  • Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, the Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • National Employment Law Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Hillsborough County Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Discovery and Depositin the Alleged Harasser and Defense Witnesses: Plaintiff's Perspective, 2010
  • University of Florida Law Review, Editorial Board, University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1993

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, With Honors, Major: English, 1989
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Office Location for Matthew K. Fenton

1110 North Florida Avenue
Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-579-4449

Fax: 813-229-8712

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Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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