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Matthew T. Lockaby





Practice Areas:

  • Labor & Employment
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Class Actions
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Since 2006, Matt has successfully represented employees and employers in nearly every aspect of workplace law. He has defended employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies against a wide variety of workplace claims, including race, national origin, age, sex, and disability discrimination and retaliation claims, workers’ compensation retaliation claims, alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and whistleblower statutes, and breach-of-contract actions.

Matt also provides day-to-day advice and counsel to human resources professionals, ranging from recruiting, hiring, and firing decisions to preparing employment contracts and severance agreements and updating personnel policies and procedures, and he conducts and oversees sexual harassment and other internal investigations.

Matt is also committed to representing disaffected employees. He maintains a thriving practice fighting for those who have been the subject of unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.

In addition, Matt is one of the very few attorneys in Kentucky who has significant experience both defending and prosecuting class action claims. His experience spans the gamut of class litigation, from initial discovery to briefing certification issues to pursuing Rule 23(f) appeals to negotiating and managing multimillion dollar settlements. Matt has successfully defended class actions involving claims for discrimination, negligence, product liability, trespass, and nuisance, and he currently prosecutes consumer class actions and mass tort actions.

Beyond Lockaby PLLC

Matt resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Lily and Aidan. Outside the office, you can usually find him outdoors: He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa; Mt. Rainier in Washington; and Quandary Peak in Colorado, and he escapes to Lake Cumberland to go boating every chance he gets.

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner/Member


  • "Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star," 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 2014-Present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers List, 2022

Classes & Seminars

  • "Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: A Case Law Update on the Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements," (Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention; Louisville, Kentucky, June 2019)
  • "2019 Update on Wage and Hour Laws" (Seminar presented at a client’s annual conference attended by nationwide franchisees; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 2019)
  • "Human Resources Law from A to Z" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys and HR professionals; Louisville, Kentucky, November 2018)
  • "Ultimate Guide to Expert Witnesses" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys; Lexington, Kentucky for March 2018)
  • "Guide to Human Resources Laws in the Workplace" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys and HR professionals; Lexington, Kentucky, February 2018)
  • "Troubleshooting HR Legal Nightmares" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys and HR professionals; Lexington, Kentucky June 2017)
  • "Human Resource Law from A to Z" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys and HR professionals; Lexington, Kentucky, February 2017), Present
  • "Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation" (National Business Institute presentation for attorneys; Lexington, Kentucky, March 2016)
  • "Title IX: Employment Challenges and Considerations" (Appalachian College Association Annual Risk Management Seminar; Richmond, Kentucky, October 2015)
  • "Human Resources Law from Start to Finish" (National Business Institute presentation for human resources professionals; Lexington, Kentucky, February 2014)
  • "Top Five Ways ERISA Third-Party Administrators Can Limit Liability" (National Pension Consultants annual seminar; Sarasota, Florida,February 2014)

Published Works

  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished; or, How the Sixth Circuit Opened the Door for New 'Regarded As' Claims Under the ADA, N. Ky. Bar Ass'n Lex Loci, Winter, 2011
  • Government Tort Liability: A Survey Examination of Liability for Public Employers and Employees, 36 N. KY. L. REV. 377, 2009
  • Balancing Private Property Rights with "Public Use:" A Survey of the Kentucky Courts' Interpretation of the Power of Eminent Domain, 32 N. KY. L. REV. 743, 2005


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List, 2003, 2004, and 2006
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: English

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2007
  • Ohio, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section; Member, Labor & Employment Law Committee; Member, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary, Labor & Employment Law Section, 2018 to 2021
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Thoroughbred Club of America, Member


  • English