|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1996||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Article of the Month||Illinois Family Law Journal||1999|
|Appellate Oral Advocacy Distrinction||University of Illinois College of Law||1994|
|Deans List||Loyola University Chicago||1992|
|Deans List||Loyola University Chicago||1991|
|President's List||College of DuPage||1990|
|President's List||College of DuPage||1989|
|Owner||Law Office Of Matthew J. Medina||2015 - Present|
|Associate||Law Office of Kathryn L. Harry and Associates||2015 - 2015|
|Owner||Law Office of Matthew J. Medina||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Cook County State's Attorney's Office||1998 - 2013|
|Staff Attorney||Pro Bono Advocates||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Northwest Suburban Bar Association||Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Prosecutors Bar Association||Member||2010 - 2012|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2009 - 2010|
|Puerto Rican Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2008|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Winning Court Testimony for Law Enforcement Officers: the Law, Art & Science of Effective Court Communication||2012|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Real World Search & Seizure [Second Edition]||2012|
|Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998)||Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act"||1998|
|IICLE Handbook||Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998)||1998|
|Illinois Family Law Report||Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999);||1998|
|Pro Bono Advocate||Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997)||1997|
|Looseleaf Law Press||Real World Search & Seizre (First Edition)||1996|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Loyola University Chicago||Political Science & Philosphy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|College of DuPage||Speech Communication||Transfer to Loyola University||1992|
|Privacy: From the Patriot Act to the Present||The Law Of Privacy (Speech)||2014|
|Eloquence: Persuasive Speech And Writing From Aristotle To Jay-Z||Persuasion & Communication (8 week seminar)||2014|
|Armchair Lawyer: Police Investigations Expressed In Popular Police Dramas||Criminal Investigations & The Media (6 week seminar)||2014|
|Armchair Lawyer: Miranda Expressed In Popular Police Dramas||Constitutional Law (6 week seminar)||2014|
|A "God In Ruins;" Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays Explored||Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson (8 week seminar)||2014|
|Citizens’ Police Academy||Search and Seizure Law & Legal Updates||2007|
|Illinois Domestic Violence Law||Domestic Violence||2006|
|Citizens’ Police Academy||Criminal Law||2006|
Posted by Beth
Mr. Medina is a great attorney and handled my case with the utmost professionalism and respect. He's fees are extremely reasonable and he was a terrific advocate. He always explained everything to me very thoroughly and is highly knowledgeable about law. I highly recommend Mr. Medina.
Posted by anonymous
There is a very heavy emphasis on money with Mr. Medina's firm. I simply needed a law interpreted to understand how it applied to me and called to see if him or his law firm could help me.
After briefly speaking with Mr. Medina over the phone, I set up an appointment to see him with his receptionist. At the time she made a point to ask if I wanted to pay over the phone. As I had not received any services at the time, I thought it was a little odd to ask me to pay several days before we met. I declined and said I would pay when I met with him.
When I got there, even before his receptionist told him I was there, the first thing she asked me to do was to pay her. Since it was 4 PM on a Friday, I didn't think much of it, but it did reinforce her preoccupation of money with me.
After I sat down with Mr. Medina, the very first thing he put in front of me to sign was a short, single paged document that stated i would not dispute any reoccurring credit card charges.
Since I was only hiring Mr. Medina to explain a law to me, I only anticipated meeting with him once. I didn't understand why I would have to sign anything regarding reoccurring credit card charges, and I questioned how this document was applicable to me.
At the time he said it insured I didn't dispute being charged for his services. I pointed out the document was not referring to someone disputing bills for services rendered, but rather reoccurring credit card charges.
I repeatedly asked him to explain why I would need to sign a document of that nature. He was very polite but the only explanation he gave was he didn't handle the firms finances and stated it was required.
I was only interested in hiring Mr. Medina to explain a law to me, and was rather baffled by his insistence it was required. Because I wasn't comfortable with signing it, I was fairly insistent he explain it's veracity.
At one point Mr. Medina left the room, and I fully expected him to return either with a different document or to say I didn't have to sign it.
Instead when he returned he began scratching out and initializing where it referenced reoccurring credit card charges. Which as the majority of this document.
After he was done scratching out a large section of this document, I did view it as being relatively worthless as an agreement. His attempt to make me more comfortable with it had the opposite affect though. I remained confused by his insistence I sign something that appeared to be a worthless agreement that didn't apply to my situation.
We went around and around about this document for about 5 minutes before I simply had to refuse to sign it. As soon as I told him that, he very politely thanked me for coming in and escorted me to the reception area.
Once there we talked to his receptionist about refunding my money. After a very brief, but confusing discussion about returning my money to me via Paypal, his receptionist claimed my money had been refunded via my credit card. She explained that I could expect to see the money credited to my account in a few days.
My meeting with Mr. Media lasted perhaps 10 minutes, and I'm still not entirely sure what happened there. He was very polite, and nice, and could be the best lawyer in DuPage county for all I know. Unfortunately, the heavy emphasis on money, and insistence I sign a financial document that didn't seem to apply to me hiring him destroyed my confidence in him and his firm.
Posted by Corey
I dug myself into a hole and didn't have any of the days of swap done by the due date. With just a few days advance I called him and somehow the judge switched my swap into a fine at the last minute. Really was expecting to go to jail.
Martin Lascola, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Medina was a highly intelligent, experienced prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for many years and now brings that wealth of experience to his career as a criminal defense attorney. There is no question that if you choose to retain Mr. Medina, you will be well represented and your interests will be fully protected. He cares about people and strives to do the right thing. As a result, I wholeheartedly endorse him without reservation.
Lawrence Dohman, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Matt for many years, going back to his days as a successful prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I went up against Matt numerous times and he was one of the most skilled and professional attorneys in the Office. Matt has continued to fine tune his skills in private practice and he is a zealous advocate who truly fights for his clients. I highly recommend Matt.