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Matthew L. Willens is an experienced personal injury trial lawyer who fights for those who have been harmed by the negligence or legal fault of others. He is recognized as one of the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys and is consistently voted by his peers as "Best of the Best" in personal injury law.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 60%
    21 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    21 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    21 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 5%
    21 years



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Patrick McCready

    Outstanding lawyer and person. Excellent legal ability as well as compassionate individual who truly cares for his clients and works tirelessly for the best result for them. I give Matt my highest endorsement.


    Michael McCready Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jeffrey Lapin

    Matt Willens is a top-notch Chicago personal injury lawyer. He stands ready to protect the legal rights of his clients and will fight to obtain the compensation they need and deserve. He truly understands how to compassionately handle personal injury cases. Matt is a zealous advocate who is experienced and knowledgeable. His hard work fighting for his personal injury clients has earned him honors and recognition both in Illinois and nationally. I would highly recommend and endorse Matt Willens to anyone needing a personal injury lawyer in Chicago.


    Jeffrey Lapin Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Willens Law Offices

30 North La Salle Street #3450
Chicago, IL, 60602

Willens Law Offices

3701 E Algonquin Rd #712
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Nation's Top 1% of AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 10 Attorneys in IllinoisNAOPIA2014
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Lawyers in IllinoisSuper Lawyers2014
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 100 Lawyers in IllinoisSuper Lawyers2013
Illinois Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Certificate of Merit and AppreciationLoyola School of Law Alumni Association2011
Chicago Lawyer HighlightChicago Lawyer Magazine2010
Top SettlementChicago Lawyer Magazine2010
Who's WhoAmerican Law Strathmore's Who's Who2004
40 under 40Law Bulletin Publishing Company2004
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2003
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2002
RecognitionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWillens Law Offices2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorLoyola University Chicago School of Law2007 - Present
PartnerClifford Law Offices2004 - 2007
National Litigation CounselCNA2002 - 2004
AssociateRapoport Law Offices1995 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationJudicial Evaluation Committee1995 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationTort Law Committee1995 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$15.8 Million Car Accident Verdict$15.8 million verdict (pre-trial offer - $250,000)
Misdiagnosis of Lung Cancer$4 million settlement
Car Accident - Wrongful Death$3 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Lawyer MagazineSmall Firms Nab Big Settlements2010
Loyola School of Law NewletterAlumni Spotlight: Matthew L. Willens, Class of 19952010
Chicago Lawyer MagazineQ&A with Matthew L. Willens2010
BlackacreTransitioning From Working at a Small Firm to Starting Your Own2010
Florida Trial Lawyer JournalTraumatic Brain Injuries2005
Illinois Trial JournalTraumatic Brain Injuries2004
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationTrial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Actions1997
National Law JournalVoir Dire: Thanksgiving law a turkey”1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Northern Illinois UniversityBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo and Small Firm ConferencePersonal Injury Litigation2012
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationMediating High Value Cases2012
Preparing and Presenting ExpertsPreparing and Presenting Experts in Civil Trials2011
Loyola Law School Conference for Lawyers and StudentsCareer Choices2010
Loyola Law SchoolWhat Lawyers Do2010
BlackacreTransition From Working at a Small Firm To Starting Your Own2010
Lake County Center for Independent Living ConferenceTraumatic Brain Injuries2006
Illinois Trial Lawyers Conference on LiensLiens - Contractual Reimbursements2006
Chicago Bar Association90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown2006
American Bar Association Chicago ConferencePresenting Psychological and Neuropsychological Evidence in a Personal Injury Case2005
Defense Research InstituteTop 10 Mistakes Made by Attorneys2003
Kent Law School Student ConferenceHow Personal Injury Law and Workers' Compensation Law are Related2000