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Matt brings a creative, pragmatic, and efficient approach to help clients resolve complex legal problems. He has significant 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, post-closing disputes, and insurance coverage. Matt has experience with commercial class actions, trade secrets and unfair competition disputes, corporate internal investigations, and employment matters. He also advises clients on corporate compliance and ethics issues. 

In addition, Matt is consulted on all types of electronic discovery issues. He is a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee.

Representative Experience

Insurance Coverage

Matt regularly handles insurance coverage matters, including those involving commercial general liability, errors and omissions, professional liability, cyber, and business specialty policies. For example, he has handled claims and coverage litigation such as:

  • a declaratory judgment action involving “personal injury” coverage for disparagement;
  • a complex, multiparty asbestos bodily injury coverage case in California involving claims for unaggregated “non-products” coverage;
  • disputes over additional insured coverage;
  • a claim for above-limits damages for alleged breach of duty to defend;
  • several cases involving coverage issues arising out of underlying sexual abuse claims; and
  • litigation under a crime/financial institutions bond involving novel issues relating to the forgery of over $40 million in collateral.

Post-Closing Disputes

Matt has significant experience with post-closing disputes, requiring an understanding of complex accounting and financial issues. Matt has represented:

  • the sellers of a multi-million-dollar environmental sustainability education company in a post-closing dispute alleging fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act;
  • a private equity firm in multiple post-closing disputes, including those involving alleged securities fraud, fraudulent inducement, and breaches of contractual representations and warranties; and
  • a large public corporation in numerous post-closing disputes over earn-outs, working capital, and financial and environmental-related representations and warranties.

Class Actions

Matt has represented several large companies in commercial and employment class actions, including:

  • TCPA class actions alleging unlawful faxing practices; and
  • an FLSA wage-and-hour collective action asserting unpaid overtime.

Business Litigation

Matt also regularly represents clients in other business litigation. Among other matters, he has represented:

  • a Fortune 50 technology company in disputes involving complex software implementations, hardware installations, and executive compensation;
  • a freight brokerage company in Carmack Amendment, breach of contract, and tort litigation;
  • a proprietary trading firm and its executive in a lawsuit relating to trading technology, including claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud;
  • a retail property owner and manager in claims regarding overcharges under electricity contracts;
  • a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of consumables and specialty equipment in a misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit relating to warehouse automation;
  • a resistance welding product manufacturer in disputes regarding exclusive purchase agreements;
  • a construction company in a construction defect arbitration against an equipment fabricator;
  • a wind energy developer in a dispute over ownership of a wind energy farm based on a letter of intent and alleged oral partnership;
  • gaming companies in litigation relating to license agreements; and
  • numerous companies in responding to third-party document and/or deposition subpoenas.

Pro Bono

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

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Law Clerk, Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002-2004)
  • Selected, "Leading Lawyer" (Commercial Litigation and Insurance, Insurance Coverage, and Reinsurance Law), Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2018)
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) (2016-2018)
  • Selected, "Emerging Lawyer," Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2015-2017)
  • Selected, Illinois Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Super Lawyers (2011-2015)
  • Recipient, Western Illinois University Alumni Achievement Award (2014)
  • Selected, "Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch," Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2013)
  • Lectures Editor, University of Illinois Law Review (2001-2002)
  • Chair, Principles Project Team, Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program
  • Chair, Chicago Bar Association Federal Civil Practice Committee

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • Key Contractual Clauses: Strategic Considerations for Drafting from a Litigator’s Perspective
  • Northern District of Illinois Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project ("MIDP")
  • Privilege & Work Product: What In-house Counsel Are Asking and What Outside Counsel Can Do To Help
  • 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
  • Privilege Issues Facing In-House Counsel
    05/5/16, 05/18/16
  • 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
    01/05/16, 03/09/16
  • Key Contractual Clauses: Strategic Considerations for Drafting and Litigation
  • Attorney Disqualification Motions – In the News
  • Proportionality, Spoliation, and Other Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Will They Change Litigation?
  • Discovery in Insurance "Bad Faith" Cases
  • Legal Ethics at the Settlement Table: Offers, Puffery and Informed Consent
  • E-Discovery: Critical Considerations from Preservation to Production
  • A Young Lawyers Guide to Managing E-Discovery
  • Mediation Strategy
  • Electronic Discovery: Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Defendants’ Counsel and the Client’s Perspective, LSI Litigating Class Actions Conference
  • What You Need To Know About Electronic Discovery

Articles & Publications

  • 4/17/2018Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
  • 9 Ways to Reduce E-Discovery Costs, Corporate Counsel
  • Note, Let Us Pray?: The Constitutionality of Student-Led Graduation Prayer After Santa Fe v. Doe, 2002 U. Ill. L. Rev. 149


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

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
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