Matthew S. Sims

Matthew S. Sims

Chicago, Illinois

Matthew Sims is a partner with the firm and a trial lawyer who represents victims and their families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the country and has tried cases to verdict in several states.

Some of Matthew's recoveries on behalf of his clients have included:

  • $7,500,000 recovery for workers lead poisoned in a shipyard
  • $6,400,000 settlement in a case involving bleeding complications from a medical device
  • $5,750,000 recovery for a passenger who walked away from a commercial airplane crash
  • $4,900,000 settlement in a slip and fall that resulted in significant injuries and death of a woman at work
  • $3,000,000 first-of-its-kind jury verdict against a pharmaceutical company after a man committed suicide while on a mislabeled generic version of its anti-depressant medication
  • $3,000,000 settlement in a case where a factory worker was killed while operating a machine
  • $2,300,000 award in a case involving the malfunction of an airport service vehicle that pinned a worker against an aircraft
  • $2,000,000 record-setting settlement for an ankle injury in that jurisdiction
  • $939,000 record-setting settlement for a broken ankle in a trucking accident that also set a record as the highest ever in that jurisdiction.

Matthew has also handled numerous airplane and helicopter accidents that have resulted in substantial confidential recoveries on behalf of his clients.

Due to his experience in representing his clients, Matthew has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star for five years straight - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 - a distinction limited to only the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the State of Illinois. He has also been repeatedly selected by the National Trial Institute as a "Top 40 Under 40" attorney practicing in the field of plaintiff's personal injury, in both 2017 and 2018.

In addition to representing the injured and their families in the trial court, Matthew has experience with appellate matters in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Matthew originally hails from the western suburbs of Chicago where he grew up and attended high school. He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University, earning a Certificate of Superior Achievement from the Department of History, before returning to Chicago to attend law school.

Matthew graduated from The John Marshall Law School with his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Trial Advocacy, which was awarded to less than 3% of students. At The John Marshall Law School, he won the Dean Herzog Moot Court Competition, writing the award-winning 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Construction Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Circuit Court of Brown County, Wisconsin
  • Circuit Court of Dane County, Wisconsin
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia
  • Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland
  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals


  • 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
    • Honors: Certificate of Superior Achievement

Published Works

  • "Cockpit Video Recorders Still Rare, But Highly Useful In Aviation Crash Investigations," Legal Examiner 2018
  • "Put the Phone Down! Distracted Driving Deaths on the Rise in Illinois," Legal Examiner, 2016
  • "Federal Lawsuit Shows Preventable Cases of Lead Poisoning are Still Occurring on the Jobsite," Legal Examiner, 2016
  • "Important Ride-Sharing Questions Come to Surface in Light of $28.5 Million Settlement by Uber After Lawsuit Alleges Background Checks Were Skipped," Legal Examiner, 2016
  • "Appellate Court Relies on Subcontract to Save General Contractor from Construction Negligence Claim," Cassiday Schade Blog, 2014
  • "Post-Ramirez: A Close Focus on the Current State of the 55-Series Illinois Pattern Instructions," IDC Quarterly, 2014
  • "Retaining Control: Recent 2014 Interpretations of Restatement Section 414," IDC Quarterly, 2014
  • "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
  • "Illinois Appellate Court Broadens Scope of Anti-Indemnity Act to Protect Illinois Contractors," Cassiday Schade Blog, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2018
  • National Trial Institute - Top 40 Under 40, 2017
  • National Trial Institute - Top 40 Under 40, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice – Aviation Section
  • American Association for Justice – Admiralty Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association – Aviation Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association