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Matthew Alexander Passen

Personal injury Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Matt Passen

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2006
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Representing people with severe injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as emotional injuries from sexual assault and abuse.

  2. Medical malpractice

  3. Wrongful death

    15 years

  4. Defective and dangerous products

  5. Birth injury

  6. Sex crime

Matthew Passen is a personal injury lawyer with Passen Law Group. He represents people in cases involving motor vehicle crashes, medical negligence, sexual abuse, construction site accidents, defective products, and other similar matters.  He has recovered millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for his clients and 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. 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 & Block, 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.

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Passen Law Group
One East Wacker Dr.
Suite 1750
Chicago, IL, 60601

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Posted by Ray | November 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal services
Words alone cannot express my gratitude to the entire Passen Law Group team. They took a very difficult time of my life a guided me to successful resolution. After being rear-ended in a car accident I began having physical difficulties with speech, headaches, memory, taste and ringing in my ears. While in the Emergency Room it was discovered I had incurred a severe traumatic brain injury called a subdural hematoma. While recovering after brain surgery, it took me some time to be able talk and communicate clearly again. During that time a lifelong friend encouraged I contact the Passen Law Group. I knew I needed help communicating with third parties legally involved in the aftermath of the car accident. Because I was unable to leave my home during recovery, Mr. Passen willingly came to my home and clearly explained a recommended course of action. I agreed with the approach and consented to retain their services. It’s over now, but I will never forget the high level of professionalism and expertise exhibited by the Passen Law Group throughout the duration of this legal matter. And I‘d like to express a special thank you to their administrative manager, Kim Sanchez who always kept me informed of status and progress of issues along the way. What a team !!!
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Posted by Linda | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Medical malpractice
The were very professional, compassionate, and thorough. I felt at ease that they always had our best interests in mind. I would not hesitate to hire them again.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Passen Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate in Litigation Department
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • 2006 - 2008


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • 2006
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Delgado v. Dr. Bernardo Duarte
  • Jury verdict resulting in $1 million recovery
  • Plizga v. The Euclid Chemical Co.
  • $10.9 Million Jury Verdict
  • Neeld v. confidential hospital and doctor
  • $1.4 million settlement


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Board of Managers
  • 2015 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Board of Managers
  • 2015 - Present
  • 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
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Polish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under the age of 40
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2016
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Annual Conference
  • #IsThisAdmissible?
  • 2015
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (21)
Endorse Matthew
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an attorney with great knowledge of the law and cares deeply for his clients. I am happy to endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Passen is an attorney I can endorse without hesitation - he is an excellent lawyer. He holds the talent, intellect, compassion and drive to obtain the best results possible for his clients. Matt also genuinely cares about the people he helps and is just a really good guy. You will enjoy working with Matt and be pleased with the outcome."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew brings extreme energy and passion to his client's cause. I highly recommend Matthew to be your lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is extremely knowledgeable in all of his practice areas. I often turn to Matthew for his extensive expertise. I would absolutely trust and refer both my family and friends to Matthew."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew Alexander Passen. He is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced attorney and I would definitely recommend him in the area of Personal Injury."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a kind, tenacious, and passionate attorney. His compassion and intelligence make him a formidable attorney and human being. You will be in great hands with Matt!"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a fantastic attorney and person! He is an incredibly dedicated and bright lawyer who really cares about his clients and goes the extra mile. His clients are lucky to have him."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Matt Passen is an excellent attorney who will go the extra mile for his client. Matt and I attended the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College in July of 2015. We spent three weeks developing our skills to a level very few attorneys attain. Matt is an excellent attorney and more importantly, an amazing human being. I would recommend him to anyone."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt and I worked together for almost a month at the Trial Lawyers College. Part of the program required him to spontaneously deliver an opening statement. I watched with envy as Matt gave an opening statement as good as I have ever seen. He's incredibly bright, articulate, and is passionate about his clients, and also happens to be a wonderful human being. Other than that I can't think of much good to say."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"Matthew's skills as an attorney are incredible! He puts his heart and soul into his cases and he truly cares about his clients. I highly recommend Matthew anyone needing legal counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I had the privilege to work with Matt on a couple of cases recently. His insight, passion, and commitment to his clients was inspiring and exceptional. i highly recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer in Illinois."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I had the pleasure of getting to know Matt at Trial Lawyers College. Matt is passionate about his work and cares about his clients. Matt is smart, driven and have no doubt that he will adequately represent his clients. I highly recommend Matt."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity and the pleasure to meet Matt and learn more about him not only as an attorney but as a person. He is a very talented attorney who would invest 100% in you as a client. As a person, he is a friend and a charismatic individual. You are lucky to have him as your attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt & I were fortunate to work together on refinement of trial skills. I personally observed Matt working and can verify he is an excellent trial attorney. He is smart, real, and credible. I am confident you will be completely satisfied hiring Matt for your legal needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Other
"Matt is a great trial lawyer that really cares about his clients. I've seen him in action and recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney in Illinois."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a skillful and ethical attorney who works tirelessly to achieve justice for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is always well prepared, detail oriented, and is an excellent advocate for his clients. He is a very good attorney who gets great results. I highly endorse Matt and can assure his clients that they will receive the highest standard in legal representation."
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