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Matthew Lango focuses his practice on litigation, with a particular emphasis on representing clients in matters of labor and employment law, class actions, civil rights litigation, and criminal defense. He founded Hayes/Lango, LLP, with John Hayes after working for several years at the Chicago law firm of Frankel & Cohen.


Matthew represents clients in all types of employment matters, from negotiating severance agreements to wage and hour disputes and cases of discrimination based on gender, race, and national origin. He has handled employment cases at all stages of litigation and has represented clients in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the EEOC and Illinois Department of Human Rights.


Matthew also represents clients in labor matters, including disputes between individuals and their unions. Matthew also has extensive experience in class action litigation and successfully represented individuals in class and collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.


In addition, Matthew has extensive experience in the field of criminal defense. He represents clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in both state and federal courts, in cases ranging from traffic offenses to complex cases of fraud and drug conspiracies.


Contact info

LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation Of Chicago)

120 S. LaSalle Street, Suit 900
Chicago, IL, 60603

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    3 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • David Ryan McGinley

    Matthew has impressed me over the years with his knowledge of the law and dedication to his clients.


    David McGinley Trucking accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Antoinette Choate

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Antoinette Choate Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Supervisory AttorneyLAF (Legal Assistance Foundation Of Chicago)2014 - Present
Staff AttorneyLAF2013 - 2014
PartnerHayes Lango, LLP2009 - 2013
AssociateFrankel & Cohen2005 - 2009
Law ClerkCook County Public Defender2004 - 2005
Law ClerkFrankel & Cohen2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
ARISE ChicagoLegal Advisory Board Member2014 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)President2013 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
The U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois -- Federal Trial BarMember2009 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)Vice President2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Age Discrimination Suit - US District Court Northern District of IllinoisSettled to clients' satisfaction
Unpaid Wage and Overtime Collective Action - US District Court Northern District of IllinoisSettled to clients' satisfaction
Employment ArbitrationSettled to client's satisfaction.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois - Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America (forthcoming)"Employment Law in Illinois," chapter in "Illinois - Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America - 2nd Edition," Joanne Hurley, ed.2013
The Illinois Employee AdvocateNon-Competes and New Challenges for Illinois Employees2012
Illinois - Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America"Employment Law in Illinois," chapter in "Illinois - Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America - 2nd Edition," Joanne Hurley, ed.2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Loyola University Chicago School of LawPhilosophyMA - Masters1999
Kalamazoo CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter) 7th Circuit ConferenceUnemployment Law in Illinois2014
Illinois Legal Aid Advocates ConferenceLegal Triage of the Employment Law Client2014
NELA-IL January 2013 CLEEmployment Arbitration Agreements2013
12th Annual NELA/Illinois ConferenceTechnology and Law Firm Practice Management2013