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Matthew Schweighart utilizes his background in business and his
knowledge of the law to serve business and individual clients in a wide
range of transactions.

For his business clients, Matthew’s primary
goal is to provide straightforward and cost effective legal advice so
that business owners can understand and address complex legal issues
quickly and efficiently. By trusting Matthew to handle their legal and
governance issues, his clients are able to focus their energy where it
should be — on running their business and serving their customers.

Matthew has assisted business clients throughout
the stages of their development, including: selecting and forming a
business entity, protecting their intellectual property, hiring
employees and developing stock option plans and employee handbooks,
identifying and securing financing (both from conventional sources and
in the form of grants, angel investments, and venture capital
investments), negotiation of licensing, distribution and manufacturing
agreements, and mergers, acquisitions and sales.

Matthew takes the same approach in representing
individual clients, striving to provide clear advice at a reasonable
cost. He regularly works with individuals and families to develop
their estate plans, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and
living wills; and represents buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale
of residential and commercial real estate.

Matthew graduated from Saint Louis University
School of Law where he was an editor of the Saint Louis University Law
Journal, served as a faculty research fellow and earned a Certificate in
Health Law Studies from the nation’s top-ranked health law program.
Prior to law school, Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, along with a minor in
Spanish, and was a member of the Campus Honors Program, a James Newton
Matthews Scholar and an Edmund James Scholar.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%

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Contact info

Erwin, Martinkus & Cole, Ltd.

411 West University Avenue
Champaign, IL, 61820


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyErwin, Martinkus & Cole, Ltd.2010 - Present
AttorneySingleton Law Firm, P.C.2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United Way of Champaign CountyEmerging Community Leaders Board MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawCertificate in Health Law StudiesJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignFinance; Spanish (minor)B.S.2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
FastTrac GrowthVenture ProgramLegal Issues in Managing Your Organization2011
Illinois LaunchFinancing Your Startup Business2010