Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown is an associate attorney who serves Wagenmaker & Oberly’s broad range of nonprofit clients. Matt helps clients across the firm’s spectrum, such as leaders who are starting new nonprofit endeavors, organizations seeking to reduce legal risks, and others involved in nonprofit-related litigation or other disputes.

Matt joined Wagenmaker & Oberly’s Chicago office in 2021, bringing a wide variety of experience to his current legal work. He previously worked two years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Lisa L. Coates and the Honorable Kim R. Hoover in Ohio. Additionally, he worked in a municipal utilities department, where he helped explain complex utility regulations and their impact on local residents. He has also served as a volunteer in a legal ministry to provide resources for churches, with an income tax assistance program, and with sports and church programs.

As a law student, Matt served as a member of the Akron Law Review and as the Managing Editor of ConLawNOW, the law review’s online constitutional law journal.  His research activities included legal issues facing faith-based organizations, as well as on the First Amendment’s freedom of religion for which he received national honors.

Matthew is married with two daughters and loves spending time outside with his family, reading about American history, and watching baseball.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Social Science Research Network (and Amazon Direct Publishing), “Pistols in the Pews: The Religious Leader’s Guide to Firearm Laws and Policies in Places of Worship” (2020)
  • Social Science Research Network (and Amazon Direct Publishing), “Coronavirus and Church Closures: Will the COVID-19 Gathering Bans Survive Free Exercise Challenges?” (2020)
  • Akron Law Review, “Masterpiece Cakeshop: A Formula for Legislative Accommodations of Religion” (2019)

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Christian Legal Society

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • University of Akron Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic, Volunteer Tax Return Preparer (2020)