Matt Caraway is a trial attorney at Sam C. Mitchell and Associates. He focuses on representing people who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence. He enthusiastically represents his clients with the energy and dedication required to deliver excellent results. He aggressively pursues individuals, insurance companies, and businesses that have wronged his clients.
Matt represents clients in both Illinois and Missouri. He practices in State and Federal Court. His trial experience includes jury and bench trials in both states.
Prior to moving home and joining Sam C. Mitchell and Associates Matt worked at a large national firm in St. Louis where he defended Fortune 500 companies in injury lawsuits. His practice was limited to railroad and maritime cases under the FELA and Jones Act.
Matt is born and raised in West Frankfort, Illinois. He comes from a long-line of coalminers and railroad workers. Matt married his high-school sweetheart Kate in 2009. Kate is an elementary teacher in West Frankfort. He and Kate enjoy traveling, attending concerts, entertaining friends and family, and watching movies. The Caraways are avid St. Louis Cardinal fans.
Matt is a sports enthusiast who enjoys baseball, softball, golf, basketball, and football.
He also enjoys waterfowl hunting and is a member of Ducks Unlimited.
Matt was an 18-year old freshman at Eastern Illinois University when the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack occurred in New York. He enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard shortly thereafter.
Matt served 7 years in the Air Force and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his first year of law school Matt was deployed to the Middle East where he served his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Matt was awarded many decorations including Outstanding Airman of the Year 2004, Basic Training Honor Graduate, and Expert Marksman (M-16/M-4). He was recognized by the Air Force as a Hometown Hero in 2007.
After returning from his Operation Enduring Freedom deployment Matt continued his legal education at the University of Illinois and accepted an internship with the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Office (JAG) at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
At the end of his enlistment and voluntary extension Matt was honorably discharged in 2008, so he could pursue his legal career.
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2009||02/08/2022|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2009||03/13/2022|
|Personal Injury Attorney||Sam C. Mitchell & Associates||2011 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Southern Illinois American Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|Franklin County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|University of Illinois College of Law||JD||N/A|
|Eastern Illinois University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
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