MATTHEW T. PRIORE is an attorney in private practice at The Law Offices of Matthew T. Priore, in addition to his position as the Municipal Attorney for the City of Clifton, New Jersey.
Mr. Priore is a graduate of Rutgers University, cum laude, and Seton Hall University School of Law, He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1994 and the New York Bar in 1997.
In his private practice, Mr. Priore handles all aspects of civil and criminal litigation including practice in New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Supreme Court, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York and Supreme Court of New York. His practice includes civil and criminal trials, trial preparation, motion practice, conducting discovery, taking and defending depositions, legal research and writing, guiding settlement negotiations, appellate practice and argument. He has had several reported decisions in the New Jersey Supreme Court, Appellate Division and Law Division. He handles litigation in the area of employment defense for public, private and non-profit entities. He has acted as a Special Prosecutor, Special Counsel and Hearing Officer in matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment and employee disciplinary matters. He has also been retained to conduct investigations and provide recommendations for public and private clients. He has guest lectured at Ethics seminars for public officials as well as Continuing Legal Education seminars.
In his capacity as the Municipal Attorney for the City of Clifton, Mr. Priore is responsible for handling all legal matters for the 10th largest city in the State of New Jersey. He manages all in-house attorneys and support staff in the Law Department and oversees all outside counsel. He handles and oversees trial and motion practice in the Superior Court, Federal Court, Appellate Division, Office of Administrative Law, P.E.R.C., and other state agencies. He has successfully defended the City on multiple occasions both through aggressive motion practice and trial. His risk management leadership has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in insurance premiums to the City of Clifton, which is one of the largest municipalities that is able to be insured in the private market. He has provided extensive training to government employees in the proper handling and investigation of complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and hostile work environments.
Mr. Priore has overseen and handled both routine and complex investigations and litigation involving allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, employment discrimination, hostile work environment, L.A.D. and C.E.P.A. claims. His interest in forming Forensic Risk Management Group evolved from his defense of two allegations of aggravated sexual assault that occurred at a local high school. Thorough investigations were conducted which demonstrated that the city was not responsible for the sexual assaults and acted appropriately and in adherence to best practices. The experience and knowledge obtained in the defense of these matters made clear that there is a need for both public and private institutions to effectively and thoroughly investigate allegations with a team of highly qualified attorneys and professionals to minimize potential exposure and avoid future claims.