Serving as Buchanan’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Matthew Wilson works directly with the Firm’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer to develop and lead the Firm’s D&I initiatives - this includes helping to manage the Firm’s supplier diversity program, affinity groups, cultural programming and internal D&I-related policies. Matthew was a key asset in drafting Buchanan’s supplier diversity policy which promotes and tracks all supplier relationships and ensures that the Firm supports minority owned businesses. There are currently more than 225 diverse suppliers engaged in this program. Additionally, alongside the CDIO, Matthew frequently leads internal and external D&I-related training sessions on various topics including implicit bias and workplace sexual harassment.
To understand Matthew’s passion for D&I, you must also know his backstory – he comes from a family of trailblazers. As the son of two attorneys, Matthew saw at a young age the challenges diverse individuals face in a historically predominately white industry, and the work ethic required to succeed. While his parents sparked his interest in the law, it was his grandfather Bill Nunn, Jr., who exposed him to the opportunity of using his professional skills to champion real change. Matthew’s grandfather was a D&I advocate before the term was even established, working as a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers and leveraging his relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to open the door for countless minority players and front office personnel to join the NFL.
Prior to taking on the role of Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Matthew maintained a full-time legal practice focused on real estate financing, asset-based financing, syndicated financing, acquisition financing, and counseling employers on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including allegations of wrongful termination, employment discrimination and non-competition violations. Matthew also practiced in the areas of copyright, trademark and intellectual property law. In addition to his real estate and labor and employment activities, Matthew spent a significant amount of time advising local and international professional and amateur sports organizations such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh. As part of his sports practice, Matthew developed personnel contract agreements, venue licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, media rights agreements and naming rights agreements.
Before joining Buchanan, Matthew gained experience as a per diem associate for a trusted New Jersey attorney. He handled several complex family law cases, where he interacted with clients and provided comprehensive legal services, including drafting motions, consent orders, researching New Jersey law and court rules, developing strategies and preparing for oral arguments and trial. While in law school, Matthew worked as a summer associate at the large Philadelphia based law firm Conrad O’Brien P.C.
Matthew was honored by The Best Lawyers in America© in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2023 edition in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Matthew believes in using his professional skills and experience to give back to the community. One way he does this is through his involvement in the Chuck Cooper Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting underprivileged students in the greater Pittsburgh area. Matthew has been involved with the Foundation for over four years and his grandfather was the recipient of the inaugural Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Award in 2009. Matthew currently serves as a Board Member of the Foundation’s Special Projects Committee.
Outside the Office
When he’s not working, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and their newborn son. He is an avid football and basketball fan, and is an accomplished artist.
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2013
Saint Joseph's University, B.A., 2008
Yale School of Management, Fostering Inclusion & Diversity Certificate, 2022
- New Jersey
Chuck Cooper Foundation, Special Projects Committee Board Member