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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:

  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attor­ney, The National Trial Lawyers (2015)

  • Top Forty Illinois Lawyers Under the Age of 40, Law Bulleting Publishing Company (2015)

  • “Emerg­ing Lawyer,” Law Bul­letin Pub­lish­ing Com­pany (2015)

  • “Top 40 Lit­i­ga­tion Lawyers Under 40,” Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Legal Advo­cates (2014)

  • “Ris­ing Star,” Super­Lawyers (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

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.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Polish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    7 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Defective Products: 15%
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Jeffrey Michael Padilla

    Matt is an attorney with great knowledge of the law and cares deeply for his clients. I am happy to endorse him.


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    Of course Matthew A. Passen is a talented trial attorney, but what makes him different is that he personally cares deeply for his clients. He tries to put himself in their shoes to understand the pain that they have suffered, how the disaster has changed their lives and how that suffering has affected their families. Only by knowing his clients and their circumstances fully, can he understand the true value of their case. Matthew is a tireless fighter for his clients and their families’ and is prepared to take their cases to jury verdict if the other side remains unreasonable.


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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under the age of 40Chicago Daily Law Bulletin2016
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 AssociationBoard of Managers2015 - Present
Chicago Bar FoundationBoard of Managers2015 - Present
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
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChair2015 - 2016
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
Neeld v. confidential hospital and doctor$1.4 million settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif2006
University of MichiganEconomicsOther - Bachelors2002
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