Matthew Passen, partner with Passen Law Group, represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability actions. In 2015 alone, he secured a $10.9 million jury verdict in a strict product liability action against a chemical company, followed two weeks later by a $1,000,000 recovery at trial in a medical malpractice action involving a gallbladder surgery.
He has received numerous awards and distinctions, such as:
Mr. Passen graduated law school at the top of his class (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. During law school, Mr. Passen served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ronald A. Guzman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and also interned with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Passen graduated with high distinction (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2002. While in college, he played four years of hockey as a member of the University of Michigan Club Hockey Team.
Mr. Passen is very involved in the local and national bar associations. He was elected Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS) in 2015, which has over 9,000 attorney-members in the Chicagoland area. He is also a member and Past-President of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), which is dedicated to securing equal access to justice for all members of the community. In 2015, Mr. Passen was appointed to the Board of Managers of both the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation.
Mr. Passen also sits on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago, and serves on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Associate Board. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Trial Techniques Committee and Automobile Law Committee for the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).
He is a 2015 graduate of the 3-week Trial Lawyers College, an invitation-only program dedicated to training and educating lawyers who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. The College was founded and led by legendary trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, and took place at his ranch in Wyoming.
Prior to joining Passen Law Group, he was an associate at Jenner & BlockLLP, one of the top commercial litigation firms in Chicago.
Mr. Passen has completed several triathlons, including an Ironman in 2008. He is married with two young children.