As a commercial litigator and counselor with more than 20 years of experience, Matt brings a creative, pragmatic, and efficient approach to helping clients resolve complex legal and business problems.

Matt is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. He has significant, first-chair trial experience in a wide variety of business disputes. He regularly represents clients in matters involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, non-competes, and post-closing disputes. Matt also advises clients on corporate compliance and ethics, commercial contract, and employment matters. 

Matt is also Chair of BFKN’s Insurance Coverage Group and regularly handles high-stakes insurance coverage matters for policyholders. Matt helps clients understand their insurance coverage and formulates strategies to maximize their insurance recovery, whether through a claims process, arbitration, or litigation. He advises clients in various industries regarding coverage under many types of policies, including commercial general liability, errors and omissions, cyber, environmental, property, employment practices liability, and representations and warranties.

Matt has been ranked consistently among the top lawyers in Illinois for his insurance coverage practice, including having been selected by The Best Lawyers in America© and the Leading Lawyers Network.

Pro bono work is also an important part of Matt’s practice. He has handled medical needs, unlawful arrest, asylum, and immigration matters for clients.



  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit


  • Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002-2004)


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2002
  • Western Illinois University, B.B., summa cum laude, 1999


Matt represents clients across many industries in (1) claims and litigation for insurance coverage under a variety of policies, including the types of representative matters below; (2) post-closing disputes, requiring an understanding of complex accounting and financial issues, including those profiled below; and (3) other business litigation of the type listed below. 


Speaking Engagements

  • Discovery in Federal Court: The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and E-Discovery Considerations, Pincus Federal Court Boot Camp
  • Privilege and the In-House Attorney
  • 05/5/16, 05/18/16
    Privilege Issues Facing In-House Counsel
  • Discovery and E-Discovery in Federal Court, Pincus Federal Court Boot
  • Corporate Compliance and Ethics Hot Topics
  • The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure


  • Notable Litigators & Trial Attorneys, Crain’s Chicago Business (2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2022-2024)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2024)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
  • Super Lawyer, Illinois Super Lawyers (2016-2024)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2023-Present)
  • Western Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award (2014)
  • "Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch," Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2013)
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