- Bar Admissions & Professional Associations
Matthew utilizes his refined knowledge of employment law and civil rights to successfully represent clients throughout the administrative and litigation processes, in cases involving sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, and all manners of discrimination. Prior to founding Ricotta and Marks, P.C., Matthew was a senior associate at a large employment discrimination firm where he handled complex litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and civil rights litigation. In this role, he was known for his development of novel legal arguments, many of which have been noted by opposing attorneys and judges alike. He has successfully handled several cases of first impression. Matthew’s clients include both plaintiffs and small employers and he has also successfully defended numerous teachers in 3020-a proceedings brought by the DOE. Matthew works tirelessly to listen and understand the goals of his clients and then to achieve those goals.
Matthew is a frequent speaker at in-person and virtual events about ways to combat workplace discrimination and has been quoted in the New York Law Journal and the New York Post.
Matthew handles complex litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and civil rights litigation. He also handled restrictive covenants and contract litigation. In this role, he was known for his complex and novel legal arguments, many of which have been noted by opposing attorneys and judges alike. He has successfully handled several cases of first impression. Matthew utilizes his refined knowledge of civil rights and employment law to successfully represent clients in cases involving policies and procedures related to workforce diversity; contract compliance; Titles VI, VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; relevant federal and New York State laws; equal employment opportunity law; and educational equity. He has also worked for the Law Department of the City of New York. There he defended the City in several major, high-profile class action civil rights litigations.
Matthew joined Ricotta & Marks, P.C., in 2011. Here, he is committed to giving his clients personalized attention and getting them the highest possible awards in their cases.
Matthew I. Marks, Esq., graduated from The State University of New York at Albany in 1996. He then received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. Matthew was admitted to the New York State Bar, The Southern and Eastern District Federal Courts of New York, in 2000.
Areas of Practice
- 70% Employment Law
- 15% Civil Rights
- 15% Education Law
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
- J.D. – 1999
- Law Review: Staff, 1998 – 1999
- State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
- B.A. – 1996
- Major: Political Science
- New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2000
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Nassau County Bar Association
Penniston v. The New York City Department of Education (Co-Counsel)
Emotional damages, Lost wages, and Punitive damages verdict
Norton v. Town of Islip UFSD, 011 U.S. Dist
LEXIS 100900 (E.D.N.Y. 2011)
Green v. City of New York 2010 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 46733 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)