Stonehill College (B.S., 1989)

University of South Dakota (M.B.A., 1994)

University of South Dakota (J.D., 1997)

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • 1999, New Jersey
  • 2002, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 2002, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
  • 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 2006, U.S. Supreme Court


Mr. Vance is among lead counsel for the proposed class of plaintiffs in the ERISA pension matter captioned Martin, et. al. v. PSE&G, et. al. (District of New Jersey; Civil Action No.: 05-5801). Visit the website:


Mr. Vance currently serves as editor of

In March, 2002, an article Mr. Vance co-authored on the topic of ERISA preemption and New York's prevailing wage law was published in the New York State Bar's Labor and Employment Newsletter.

In October, 2005, he authored an Amicus Curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court matter of Levine v. United Healthcare (No. 05-0387). Levine involves the interpretation of ERISA’s savings clause and its relationship to New Jersey state law. View Mr. Vance’s brief and motion to appear.

Linda J. Niedweske

Matthew Justin Vance

Phone: 973.401.0064 ext. 106
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Mr. Vance is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state specializing in representing ERISA plaintiffs. From 1997 to 2001, he served as a Pension Benefit Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he responded to thousands of ERISA inquiries from attorneys, plan administrators, trustees, third-party administrators and participants. These inquiries implicated many areas of ERISA, including the Clinton-era ERISA amendments of HIPAA, Mental Health Parity Act, Women and Newborn Health Protection Act and Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act.

In September, 2001, Mr. Vance entered the private practice of law, joining Niedweske Barber in 2004. Leveraging the vast knowledge and experience he acquired at the U.S. Department of Labor, he:

  • Represents participants and claimants in claims, appeals and litigation of denied requests for ERISA benefits
  • Advises companies on ERISA compliance issues
  • Advises companies on filing benefits-related tax forms, including the Form 5500