Matthew J. Elliott

Matthew J. Elliott

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Fort Wayne, IN

Beckman Lawson LLP
 | 201 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-422-0800
Fax: 260-420-1013
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1999
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Schools & Education (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    I am fortunate to have built a diverse civil litigation practice over the years.  In my experience, working in different practice areas has been incredibly helpful, as it has allowed me to see the big picture, and to spot hidden issues that a specialist might miss.  Also, my representation of both plaintiffs and defendants has enabled me to better understand where each side is coming from, which in turn helps me represent all my clients. 

    In the end, litigation of any kind is just a means to resolve disputes, and the most important skill in dispute resolution is problem-solving.  My goal is to be as flexible, driven, and thoughtful as possible in solving the problem that each case presents.  Since no two problems are the same, there is never a cookie-cutter approach.  My central aim is to advance the client's goals, whatever they may be. 

    Over the years, I have built a significant practice focusing on employment claims, including discrimination and retaliation claims, claims under the FMLA and ADA, and wage claims.  Many of these cases arise in the health care industry.  I have also prosecuted and defended many cases arising out of non-compete agreements, many of which involve the medical device industry.

    In addition to my work in employment law, I also handle all kinds of tort cases, including dozens of cases involving wrongful death or other significant injuries.  My work in the tort area has given me a wealth of experience interpreting insurance policies, which in turn has led to many cases involving insurance coverage disputes.

    I have also been fortunate to represent many Indiana school corporations over the years.  As part of this representation, I have defended school corporations in more than one hundred cases, including several cases asserting constitutional claims or other novel questions of school law.

    One of my proudest achievements is handling class and/or collective action lawsuits from early on in my career.  These cases present interesting and exciting challenges, and are often the most rewarding.

    Most recently, I have handled several significant estate litigation matters, including will contests.  Due to demographic changes, these cases represent a growing practice area.  They also offer the opportunity for a skillful advocate to make a meaningful difference, because there are often complex questions of proof, as well as challenging family dynamics.

    Finally, I regularly assist out-of-state lawyers as local counsel in Indiana's state and federal courts.  I am also happy to work with local lawyers on a co-counsel basis.     

    About Matthew Elliott

    Admitted: 1999, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in America, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair, Employment Section of Allen County Bar Association, 2014

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Community Harvest Food Bank, Board of Directors, 2019
    • Canterbury School, Board of Trustees, 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • Schools, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, hospitals, medical practices, manufacturers, logistics companies, insurance companies, banks, personal representatives.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Clerkship, The Honorable Jerome Farris, Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 1999

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., University of Michigan, Economics and English, summa cum laude, 1992
    • J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, 1998

    Industry Groups

    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Schools
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    Office Location for Matthew J. Elliott

    201 W. Wayne Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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    Last Updated: 2/12/2020

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