I became a civil rights litigator to advance the cause of social justice and improve the lives of my clients. Upon joining Katz Banks Kumin, I was struck by the devastating impact that accompanies the loss of one’s job. I also discovered that many employers –- blinded by discriminatory animus or the pursuit of profit -- are willing to devote significant resources to the defense of even blatantly unlawful personnel actions. Despite the long odds confronting them, our clients show incredible courage in challenging an employer’s unlawful actions, and it has been extremely gratifying to represent these individuals in their pursuit of justice.

“I became a civil rights litigator to advance the cause of social justice and improve the lives of my clients.”

Matthew Stiff joined Katz Banks Kumin in June 2009.  Mr. Stiff is a tireless advocate and has helped achieve successful outcomes for numerous clients under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate whistleblower protections, the False Claims Act anti-retaliation provisions and the anti-discrimination and retaliation protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and corresponding state laws. Mr. Stiff was recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2017-2020, for his outstanding work in employment law.

Mr. Stiff received a Bachelor of Arts in history from The Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude with honors, in 2005. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2008, where he served on the Student-Faculty Executive Committee and was involved in the school’s fundraising efforts in support of public interest legal careers. He received an NYU Law post-graduate public interest fellowship in September 2009.

Prior to joining Katz Banks Kumin, Mr. Stiff worked with the Human Rights Campaign as a McCleary Law Fellow. In connection with this work, Mr. Stiff authored “Breaking Down Barriers: An Administrator’s Guide to State Law & Best Policy Practice for LGBT Healthcare Access” (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, May 2009). He additionally co-authored “Disparate Treatment: Understanding the Impact of Same-Sex Relationship Recognition on the LGBT Healthcare Experience,” published by Health Lawyers News, the American Health Lawyers Association’s official publication, in July 2009, later presenting his work at the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association’s National Conference.

Mr. Stiff formerly sat on the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index Advisory Council, where he consulted with national healthcare facilities on LGBT healthcare access issues in a pro bono capacity.

Honors & Awards
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" Employment Law - Individuals, 2021-2023
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyers Rising Star," 2017-2020
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff and Employment Civil Rights Lawyers, 2021-2022
Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, summa cum laude, 2005
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

"I am grateful for the representation provided to me by Matthew Stiff of Katz Banks Kumin. I found out very quickly that Matt has excellent knowledge of employment law, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and a tenacious attitude to fight for his clients down to every last detail. As a former CEO of an investment firm, it was important to me to find an aggressive, knowledgeable attorney that would guide me through every detail of the severance negotiation process, including litigation, if required. Through his exhaustive negotiations and aggressiveness, Matt was able to negotiate a better than expected severance package for me for which I will be eternally indebted"
–– Former Chief Executive Officer of Registered Investment Advisor