Matthew J. Fischer



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There are people who believe that Matt Fischer is the person for whom the term “multi-tasking” was invented. Others claim he’s the virtual eye of the storm, that calm and rational center where order is pulled out of chaos. So, although there is some disagreement about the exact nature of his superpowers, most agree that he has a few.

Thanks to his calm demeanor and dogged work ethic, Matt has often been called upon to resolve cases under difficult and challenging circumstances. In the courtroom and at the negotiation table, he is known for being courteous and professional and as relentless as waves pounding against a beach.

Matt understands that the path to a favorable resolution requires a formidable defense. He is a strong advocate for early and effective resolution backed by a credible and effective trial option. Clients and opponents both recognize his steadfast and powerful approach. He is frequently called upon by in-house counsel to partner with them on the design, coordination and implementation of national strategies, as well as the budgeting and management of defense costs. This unique combination of skills has led clients to ask Matt to prepare and defend their C-suite executives, key employees and corporate representatives at trial and deposition.

Well-versed and experienced in the field of alternative dispute resolution, Matt has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has crafted creative, positive and workable settlement agreements, sometimes as specially retained settlement counsel, even after a long and difficult litigation process has made settlement unlikely.

  • Education

      • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1994, with honors, Order of the Coif, Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review, Moot Court Semi­Finalist
      • University of Illinois at Urbana­Champaign, B.S., Finance, 1989, with honors


      • Honorable John A. Nordberg, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • Missouri
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
      • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Honors & Awards

    • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report (2007, 2012-2014, 2016)

    • Lawyer of The Year, U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers in America (2012)

    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2012-2015)

    • Best Attorneys in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune (2014)

    • Illinois Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2011-2013, 2015-2017)

    Speeches & Presentations

    • “The Minimum Threshold Exposure,” Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook in San Francisco,
      (September 2014)

    • "Secondary Exposure and Take Home Exposure Cases," Harris Martin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 2010)

    • "Corporate Witnesses and Corporate Discovery," Mealey's Practical Skills Series: Toxic Tort Litigation (September 2003)