Matthew S. Sims

Matthew S. Sims

Chicago, Illinois
312-445-9160 (Local)
877-216-4213 (Toll Free)

Matthew Sims is a trial lawyer who represents victims and their families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining Rapoport Law Offices, he worked as a defense attorney at a prominent Chicago law firm representing some of the largest construction contractors, hospital systems, and insurance companies in the country. Matthew now uses his knowledge and experience in how corporations and insurers analyze and defend personal injury cases in order to help individuals who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

In addition to representing the injured and their families in the trial court, Mr. Sims has notable experience in both the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He championed an expansion of Illinois law that prevents construction contractors from "passing the buck" on safety, ultimately benefiting construction workers by incentivizing contractors to protect workers or face liability. See Camper v. Burnside, 2013 IL App. (1st) 121589.

 Matthew Sims graduated from The John Marshall Law School with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy, a distinction awarded to less than 3% of students. At The John Marshall Law School, Mr. Sims won the Dean Herzog Moot Court Competition, while also writing what was recognized as the Best Brief of the competition. Supplementing his education during law school, he clerked for the Cook County Public Defender's Office, as well as the Presiding Judge of the Fifth Municipal District of Cook County.

Due to his experience in representing his clients, Matthew Sims has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star for three years straight - 2014, 2015 and 2016 - a distinction limited to only the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the State of Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2015


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: Certificate in Trial Advocacy
    • Honors: First Place - Dean Herzog Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Best Brief - Dean Herzog Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Second Place – American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Honors: Quarterfinalist – Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • B.A. - 2006

Published Works

  • "Illinois Appellate Court Broadens Scope of Anti-Indemnity Act to Protect Illinois Contractors," Cassiday Schade Blog, 2013
  • "Danger: Res Judicata Ahead - Why Construction Contractors Need to Take a 'Use it or Lose it' Approach to Express Indemnification, and Other Cautionary Tales Arising from Camper v. Burnside Construction," IDC Quarterly, 2014
  • "Appellate Court Relies on Subcontract to Save General Contractor from Construction Negligence Claim," Cassiday Schade Blog, 2014
  • "Retaining Control: Recent 2014 Interpretations of Restatement Section 414," IDC Quarterly, 2014
  • "Post-Ramirez: A Close Focus on the Current State of the 55-Series Illinois Pattern Instructions," IDC Quarterly, 2014

Representative Cases

  • See Camper v. Burnside, 2013 IL App. (1st) 121589

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association