The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.A.
Matthew is a proven advocate for his clients, and his practical and competitive nature has allowed him to achieve an unparalleled level of success in the courtroom, as well as positive outcomes for his clients at all stages before trial. Additionally, his creative and thoughtful approach to business and legal issues, coupled with his insurance, accounting, and construction background, allow him to serve as a trusted and effective adviser to his general representation clients.
As co-chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group, Matthew oversees a team providing comprehensive litigation and transactional services to his clients in the construction industry, commonly dealing with contract issues and disputes, construction defect claims, personal injury claims, and OSHA citations. As chair of the firm’s OSHA Practice Group, he oversees a team ensuring that clients in all industries are in compliance with applicable safety and health regulations. When compliance issues arise, he represents clients at all stages, from the initiation of an OSHA inspection through the litigation of any citations issued.
Matthew’s successes do not end in serving the litigation and general representation needs of his clients. He is an accomplished legal writer and speaker, and is involved in many different legal and construction-related associations, including the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Underground Contractors Association, and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association.
- Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list: 2014, 2015, 2016
Memberships & Involvement
- Member: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute; Underground Contractors Association; Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association; Associated General Contractors of America; Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the owner of a construction project that caught fire during the course of the project, causing nearly $4 million in damages to surrounding property owners.
- Defended a large custom home-builder in a case brought against it by a homeowner seeking $800,000 in damages for alleged and admitted defects to the home. Following trial, a verdict was rendered against the client for $80,000 as a result of the admitted defects.
- Represented a general contractor in a case brought against it by a restaurant seeking $750,000 in damages for alleged defects to an outdoor patio with a retractable roof built by the contractor. Filed a counterclaim against the restaurant for amounts still owed to the contractor for the work. Following a trial, a verdict was rendered awarding the restaurant nothing and awarding the client all amounts unpaid and outstanding.
- Counsel clients through countless OSHA inspections, often preventing citations from being issued, but when issued, obtaining deletions of citations and reductions in both classifications and fines.
News & Press Releases
- 38 SmithAmundsen Attorneys Included on 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2016 Illinois Rising Stars ListsSmithAmundsen, January 8, 2016
- January 12, 2015
- March 18, 2014
- August 1, 2016
- May 11, 2016
- March 25, 2016
- November 6, 2015
- September 23, 2015
- August 6, 2015
- May 11, 2015
- Construction Legal Updates: Mechanics Lien Act, Administrative Hearings, and Tort Immunity Exception for Outside Safety ConsultantsJuly 24, 2014
- March 28, 2014
- Illinois Appellate Court Finds that Lack of Sworn Statement Defeats General Contractor's Mechanics Lien ClaimMarch 13, 2014
- Illinois House Bill Proposes Only Allowing Mechanics Liens When There is a Written and Executed ContractFebruary 19, 2014
- February 22, 2013
- February 13, 2013
- SmithAmundsen, September 25, 2014
- Illinois Court Requires That Corporate Parties be Represented by Legal Counsel at all Administrative HearingsSmithAmundsen, April 21, 2014
- Optimum Safety, December 14, 2012
Presentations & Events
- SmithAmundsen, Lombard, IL, February 11, 2016
- Managing an OSHA Inspection from Opening to ClosingValley Industrial Association, December 11, 2014
- Dealing with the New OSHAIllinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, November 19, 2014
- OSHA’s Application to, and Intervention in, the Health Care IndustryChicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, Webinar, September 17, 2014
- Keys to Successfully Preserving and Pursuing Mechanics LiensIllinois Chamber of Commerce, April 2, 2014
- Webinar, March 21, 2014
- Webinar, January 21, 2014
- Bolingbrook, IL, November 19, 2013
- Webinar, May 14, 2013
- Worksite SafetyUnderground Contractors Association, May 24, 2012
- From Womb to Tomb and Back AgainISBA Construction Seminar, April 27, 2012
- OSHA Best Practices: Emergency Response Through Administrative HearingSmithAmundsen Seminar & Webinar, February 15, 2012
- Construction LiabilityClient Training Seminar, February 9, 2012