Matthew A. Passen is a personal injury lawyer with Chicago-based Passen Law Group. Mr. Passen concentrates in all areas of personal injury, including truck accidents, brain and spinal cord injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Prior to joining Passen Law Group, Mr. Passen was an attorney in the litigation department of Jenner & Block LLP.
Mr. Passen received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2002. He played four years of college hockey as a member of the University of Michigan Club Hockey Team.
Mr. Passen obtained his law degree, summa cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law in 2006, where he graduated Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Passen was as a member of the DePaul Law Review.
During the 2003-04 academic year, Mr. Passen clerked for the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also spent the following semester clerking at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Passen is a member of the Illinois Bar. He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. In addition, Mr. Passen volunteers with elementary students in Chicago-area public schools as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago's "Lawyers in the Classroom" program.
Mr. Passen is the author of several articles concerning various aspects of Chicago personal injury law. In addition, he authors Passen Law Group's Chicago Personal Injury Blog discussing issues impacting Chicago personal injury lawyers and Illinois personal injury law.
Mr. Passen has completed several triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon in 2008.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Polish
Licensed since 2006
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2006||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Emerging Lawyer||Law Bulletin||2015|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership||Chicago Bar Association||2015|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Litigation||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Rising Star||Chicago Bar Association||2010|
|Attorney||Passen Law Group||2008 - Present|
|Associate in Litigation Department||Jenner & Block LLP||2006 - 2008|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Chicago Bar Association||Chair of the Young Lawyers Section||2015 - 2016|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Managers||2014 - Present|
|United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago||Associate Board, Member||2010 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Foundation||Young Professionals Board, Past-President||2010 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||NLD Board of Governors||N/A|
|CBA Record||Protecting Those Who Protect Us: The Fireman's Rule||2011|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Finding My Ironman||2010|
|CBA Record||Tort Immunity for Public Hospitals and Medical Professionals in Illinois||2010|
|CBA Record||Should Settling Defendants Appear on a Jury Verdict Form?||2009|
|CBA Record||Conflict Resolved: Settling Defendants Not Included on Jury Verdict Forms||2009|
|CBA Record||Illinois Supreme Court Expands Scope of the Collateral Source Rule||2008|
|CBA Record||Courts Address Medical Societies' Peer Review Authority: Professional Self-Regulation or Witness Intimidation?||2008|
|DePaul University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif||2006|
|University of Michigan||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa||2002|
|ABA Annual Conference||#IsThisAdmissible?||2015|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Product Liability Committee||Product Liability Update||2014|
|Chicago Bar Association||How To Create A Trial Notebook For Use At Trial||2014|
|Chicago Bar Association||Using an iPad in Trial||2014|
|Chicago Bar Association||Judicial Panel on Persuasiveness in Court||2014|
|Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Strategies for Success At Tria||2013|
|Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Deposition Practice in Illinois: Top 10 Practical Considerations||2013|