Matthew Nieman is an attorney in the Washington, DC Region Office of Jackson Lewis, a preeminent labor and employment law firm with nearly 590 lawyers in 42 offices. His practice covers a broad spectrum of workplace related issues including workplace drug-testing issues.
He is Counsel for the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace, a national coalition dedicated to promoting and preserving the rights of employers and employees in effective substance-abuse-prevention programs.
Mr. Nieman, along with Mark de Bernardo and his other colleagues at Jackson Lewis, conduct substance-abuse-prevention program audits; draft, review, and revise substance-abuse-prevention and drug-testing policies, manager and supervisor guidelines, and attendant employer documents (including DOT-compliant policies); provide manager and supervisor training; design and conduct employee education and awareness programs; represent employers in arbitrations; litigate in defense of challenges to employer policies and actions; negotiate collective bargaining agreement provisions; perform compliance audits; and advise employers on state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements.
Mr. Nieman served as an active-duty U.S. Army Judge Advocate at Fort Benning, Georgia and at Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq. During his time in the military, Mr. Nieman provided counsel to senior commanders on drug-abuse and drug-testing issues, and prosecuted numerous drug cases in military courts. His prosecutions ranged from simpler use and possession cases to more complex distribution and conspiracy charges relating to both illegal and prescription drugs. In addition, in accordance with the Army Substance Abuse Program, Mr. Nieman was responsible for – and provided legal training to – unit drug testing personnel.
Mr. Nieman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Maryland Bar and the Virginia Bar.
Mr. Nieman was awarded a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1998, and a J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law in 2001.
He and his wife Amy reside in Ashburn, Virginia.