Matthew V. DelDuca is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He also is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. DelDuca is an experienced trial lawyer who, over the last two decades, has litigated hundreds of cases in the New Jersey state and federal courts and has tried dozens of cases to verdict. His trial experience includes individual and class employment cases, non-competition and trade secret litigation, complex business litigation, shareholder litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation.
Mr. DelDuca is highly rated by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which has noted he “stands out as a massively experienced litigator with a strong track record in cases connected to the healthcare and life sciences arenas,” that his strengths are his “quickly expedient responses to client queries and technical ability to deal with tricky contract negotiations,” and that he is “a very effective litigator and has great insights into the issues of a case.”
Mr. DelDuca’s representative matters include:
Mr. DelDuca regularly represents employers in state and federal labor and employment litigation involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge and defamation, as well as other related disputes. He also represents employers in litigation to protect confidential information and trade secrets and to enforce restrictive covenants. In addition, Mr. DelDuca represents management in labor negotiations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He has handled labor arbitration proceedings in a variety of industries, and counsels employers on employment and business matters.
- winning defense verdicts in employment discrimination and retaliation jury trials in Burlington, Mercer, Essex, Middlesex, Gloucester and Essex Counties
- winning a defense verdict in a race discrimination class action trial in federal court against the EEOC and private counsel
- resolving numerous complex actions brought by the EEOC against New Jersey employers
- winning summary judgment, dismissing employment discrimination claims in New Jersey state and federal court
- tried non-competition lawsuits to verdict and resolved many others on motions
- tried a complex case involving claims for more than $100 million against the alleged owner of an international hedge fund manager
- successfully obtained a $13.6 million verdict for a landowner against a national REIT in a trial in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey
- defending a leading worldwide retailer in a major consumer class action in New Jersey state court
- defending an international law firm against contentious and extensive discovery demands.
Mr. DelDuca has argued many cases before the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Most recently, he won appeals in Crosspointe v. Wegmans and Chandelaria v. Rent-A-Center, where the Appellate Division rejected the attempted amendment of the plaintiff’s claims to assert a putative class action. He has successfully defended verdicts and the entry of summary judgment for clients in a number of state and federal appeals.
The matters Mr. DelDuca is currently handling are as varied and complex as his trial and appellate experience. They include:
Mr. DelDuca frequently speaks and presents articles on trial advocacy and a wide variety of labor and employment matters.
- defending a New Jersey hospital in an alleged disability discrimination class action in New Jersey federal court
- defending an international specialty software and consulting firm in tortious interference and non-competition litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- defending a mortgage services company against wage and hour class actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and in multi-state arbitration
- defending a privately owned pharmaceutical company against shareholder and employment claims brought by its founder
- defending a chemical manufacturer and its private pension plan in two separate class actions in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and in the Western District of Kentucky
- defending employers, such as an acclaimed supermarket chain voted among the “Best Places to Work in America,” an international electronics company, a medical device manufacturer and service provider, and a worldwide food manufacturer, in employment litigation throughout New Jersey.
Mr. DelDuca is a member of the Federal Practice and Procedure Section, the Labor and Employment Section, and the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also is a member of the Federal Bar Association of New Jersey.