April 5, 2011

Cairns Defends Employer Position in Wal-Mart Discrimination Case in Washington Post Q&A

CONCORD, NH — R. Matthew Cairns, an employment litigation defense attorney with Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell and 2011 president of DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar, recently debated the Wal-Mart female discrimination Supreme Court case in a Washington Post Q&A. Cairns explained that the case before the Supreme Court is not about discrimination, it is about whether the class was properly certified. 

“The class certification here has denied Walmart the right to assert individualized defenses and put individual plaintiffs to their proof,” said Cairns. “This case is about process at this time, not merits.” Participating in the Live Q&A on the Washington Post website debating the issue with Cairns was Marcia Greenburger, founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center.

Attorney Cairns represents the interests of individuals, insurers, manufacturers, transportation and other companies in diverse commercial, complex and traditional litigation matters in all state and federal courts and state agencies. Cairns serves as general counsel to several closely held businesses in New Hampshire and is also experienced in general corporate and municipal representation, and risk management training. He has been named a "Super Lawyer" for products liability defense for the past 3 years.

Since 1996, Cairns has been an active member, award recipient, and leader of DRI.  Before becoming DRI’s president, Matt served a one-year term as DRI’s President-Elect, and previously was DRI’s First Vice President.  Prior to that, he was the Northeast Regional Director overseeing DRI initiatives in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  Cairns was also the DRI State Representative for New Hampshire and received the organization’s State Leadership Award.  From 2006-2008, Matt served as the First Circuit editor for DRI's Daubert On-Line newsletter. 

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell is a leading business and litigation law firm located in Concord, New Hampshire.

Matt Cairns
You may contact
Matt Cairns at 603-545-3622.