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Matthew Alexander Passen

Matthew Alexander Passen

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Defective and Dangerous Products, Birth Injury, Sex Crime

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About Me

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

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    6 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 15%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jefferey O. Katz

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Jefferey Katz Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Clifford Horwitz

    Matthew is a skillful and ethical attorney who works tirelessly to achieve justice for his clients.


    Clifford Horwitz Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Emerging LawyerLaw Bulletin2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project LeadershipChicago Bar Association2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - LitigationAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Rising StarChicago Bar Association2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPassen Law Group2008 - Present
Associate in Litigation DepartmentJenner & Block LLP2006 - 2008


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationChair of the Young Lawyers Section2015 - 2016
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Managers2014 - Present
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater ChicagoBoard Member2010 - Present
Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoAssociate Board, Member2010 - Present
Chicago Bar FoundationYoung Professionals Board, Past-President2010 - Present
American Association for JusticeNLD Board of GovernorsN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Plizga v. The Euclid Chemical Co.$10.9 Million Jury Verdict
Delgado v. Dr. Bernardo DuarteJury verdict resulting in $1 million recovery

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif2006
University of MichiganEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
ABA Annual Conference#IsThisAdmissible?2015
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Product Liability CommitteeProduct Liability Update2014
Chicago Bar AssociationHow To Create A Trial Notebook For Use At Trial2014
Chicago Bar AssociationUsing an iPad in Trial2014
Chicago Bar AssociationJudicial Panel on Persuasiveness in Court2014
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionStrategies for Success At Tria2013
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionDeposition Practice in Illinois: Top 10 Practical Considerations2013