Matthew C. Crowl



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If a lifetime of deep and long-standing professional relationships counts for anything, then Matt Crowl stands on very solid ground. He has earned the respect and regard of virtually everyone he has worked with during his distinguished career as a federal prosecutor, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for the City of Chicago, and successful corporate litigator. And he managed to achieve all of this in just over two decades.

Lists can be boring but not when they're about Matt's accomplishments. Just to name a few: he has tried 40 federal and state jury trials and arbitrations, winning numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts; he has guided scores of corporations and individuals through sensitive internal investigations and government compliance and enforcement matters; he has worked with the Chicago Police Department, state and federal agencies, and community groups to successfully lower Chicago's homicide rate. Well, you get the idea.

But what's most remarkable-except to the people who know him-is that despite the high-stakes guidance he provides, Matt keeps his cool, his sense of perspective, and his sense of humor. And he still finds time for the public service and pro bono work that makes a difference in the lives of Chicago's underserved.

Matt's deep experience with juries, judges, and government officials helps him solve his clients' high-stakes problems. He has successfully conducted internal investigations and defended corporations and individuals in highly complex business disputes in the US and overseas. Matt also has broad-based experience with FCPA, healthcare, banking, securities, tax, accounting, white collar crime, whistle-blower, and government contracting and program matters.

Finally, because sometimes being persuasive, razor-sharp and driven to find solutions just isn't enough, Matt is also an extremely nice guy. He is relentlessly client-focused, bringing his skills as a careful listener, quick study, and highly responsive advisor into every client relationship.

  • Education

      • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1989, with honors, Associate Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
      • Drake University, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1984, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


      • Hon. James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1989-1992)

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
      • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
      • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association

    • Chicago Bar Association

    • The Chicago Inn of Court

      • Past President
    • City Club of Chicago

    • Civic Consulting Alliance

    • The Economic Club of Chicago

    • Federal Bar Association

      Board Member

    • The Lawyers Club of Chicago

    • Leadership Council

      • Co-Chair
    • Leadership Greater

      • Chicago Fellow
    • LGC Fellows Association

      • Board Member
    • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

    Honors & Awards

    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2009-2010, 2012-2015)
    • Illinois Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2011-2017)
    • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014, 2016)
    • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners (2012-2017)
    • Litigation Star, Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation (2012-2013)


    • Truman Scholars Association

    Speeches & Presentations

    • “Foiling Fraud: Special Investigation Units, Government Resources, and Case Law in Foiling Fraud,” DRI (leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel) Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar (April 2016)

    • “Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance,” Corporate In-House Training Program (November 2015)

    • “FCPA, Cyber Security, and Data Management – Update and Prevailing Trends” CLE Program for General Counsel and In-House Legal Staff (October 2014)

    • "Understanding the FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act: Key to Compliance with Corporate Anti-Corruption Policies," Corporate In-House Training Program (June 2012)

    • "Conducting Successful Internal Investigations," Corporate In-House Training Program (May 2012)

    • "The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and RCRA: Environmental Compliance," Corporate In-House Training (April 2012)

    • "Guidelines and Strategies for Conducting Effective Corporate Internal Investigations," Corporate In-House Training Program
      (March 2012)