Matt brings a creative, pragmatic, and efficient approach to help clients resolve complex legal problems. He has significant, substantive 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.
Matt was named one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Based on nominations from clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel and judges, Matt was selected from a pool of more than 1,350 nominated Illinois attorneys.
Matt serves as the Administrative Partner for Shook's Chicago office. He is also the office's hiring partner.
Matt regularly handles insurance coverage matters, including those involving commercial general liability, errors and omissions, professional liability and business specialty policies. For example, he has handled claims and coverage litigation such as:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Matt also regularly represents clients in other business litigation. Among other matters, he has represented:
- IBM in disputes involving complex software implementations (e.g., Bus. Sys. Eng'g, Inc. v. Int'l Bus. Machs. Corp., 547 F.3d 882 (7th Cir. 2008) (affirming summary judgment (reported at 520 F. Supp. 2d 1012 (N.D. Ill. 2007)) in favor of IBM in a case where the subcontractor plaintiff alleged the existence of an oral contract)), 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.
Finally, pro bono work is an important part of Matt's practice. He has handled medical needs, unlawful arrest and asylum matters for clients.
Presentations and Publications
Panelist, Privilege and the In-House Attorney (January 18, 2017).
Privilege Issues Facing In-House Counsel (May 5 and May 18, 2016).
Discovery and E-Discovery in Federal Court, Pincus Federal Court Boot Camp (April 29, 2016).
Moderator, Corporate Compliance and Ethics Hot Topics Panel (April 19, 2016).
The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (January 5, 2016 and March 9, 2016).
Key Contractual Clauses: Strategic Considerations for Drafting and Litigation (June 25, 2015).
Attorney Disqualification Motions – In the News (May 20, 2015).
Proportionality, Spoliation, and Other Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (May 5, 2015).
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Will They Change Litigation? (Jan. 20, 2015).
Discovery in Insurance "Bad Faith" Cases (Oct. 23, 2014).
Panelist, Legal Ethics at the Settlement Table: Offers, Puffery and Informed Consent (April 23, 2014).
E-Discovery: Critical Considerations from Preservation to Production (Nov. 8, 2013).
Panelist, A Young Lawyers Guide to Managing E-Discovery (Nov. 7, 2013).
Author, 9 Ways to Reduce E-Discovery Costs, Corporate Counsel (Sep. 6, 2013).
Mediation Strategy (May 14, 2013).
Electronic Discovery: Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Defendants’ Counsel and the Client’s Perspective, LSI Litigating Class Actions Conference (Dec. 7, 2012).
What You Need To Know About Electronic Discovery (May 9, 2012).
Author, Note, Let Us Pray?: The Constitutionality of Student-Led Graduation Prayer After Santa Fe v. Doe, 2002 U. Ill. L. Rev. 149 (2002).