Matthew D. Ports

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd.
 | One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3310
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-828-9666
Fax: 312-828-0880
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

A valuable attorney at Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Matthew D. Ports is experienced in handling personal injury cases, particularly those related to motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice in the Cook County area of Chicago. Devoting 100 percent of his practice to litigation, he has handled cases in both federal and state courts.

Admitted to practice in Illinois by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Mr. Ports is a passionate advocate for those who have been injured by the negligent actions of another. His practice areas extend to construction negligence, defective products and legal malpractice.

He began his education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, moving on to earn a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Since then, he has received many honors and awards, including induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates, named to the Leading Lawyers Network and inclusion in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2012. Mr. Ports is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Attorneys Association, the CBA/Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy and the American Association for Justice.

Also participating in many pro bono activities, Mr. Ports was a tutor and volunteer for the Midtown School for Boys tutoring program and a president, volunteer and associate board member of Literacy Chicago. He was also the co-chair of the Well-Read Ball for the organization in 2006.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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About Matthew Ports

Admitted: 2000, Illinois

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  • Inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014
  • Named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Named to the Leading Lawyers Network, 2013 - 2017
  • Named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2012
  • Named to Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • ITLA, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Attorneys Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • American Constitutional Society
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, CBA/Young Lawyers Section – Co-Chair of the Tort Litigation Committee, 2005 - 2006

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Literacy Chicago, President, 2006 - 2008
  • Literacy Chicago, Associate Board Member/Volunteer, 2004 - 2008
  • Midtown School for Boys Tutoring Program, Volunteer/Tutor, 2001 - 2004
  • Literacy Chicago, Co-Chair of Literacy Chicago's 2006 Well-Read Ball


  • B.B. v. City of Chicago:  $1,500,000 settlement for a 23 year old recent college graduate, was riding his bicycle along Damen Avenue at 1:40 a.m. when he came upon a large hole around a catch basin in the roadway near the curb. The hole had been present for more than two months and the City had actual notice of the defect. Streets and Sanitation were scheduled to repair the hole the next day. On the evening of the occurrence, there was one unlighted sawhorse in the hole. City employees admitted that such a configuration was out of conformity with the City’s practices but denied that it was in that condition when they last saw it.  Plaintiff had a substantial blood alcohol level, 0.23. His bicycle did not have brakes (it was a messenger-style bicycle), nor did it have a light. Plaintiff was also un-helmeted. He went over the handlebars after contacting the sawhorse in the hole and struck his head, suffering a very substantial closed head injury. He presently resides with his parents who provide the majority of his care.
  • A.P. v. Dr. Steve Meeks and Westlake Community Hospital:  $285,000 jury verdict for a 10 year old minor, went to the Westlake Community Hospital with acute abdominal and scrotal pain that began a few hours earlier that day.  He had had a similar episode a week earlier.  His signs and symptoms were consistent with testicular torsion, but also could have been associated with epididymitis.  The plaintiff was admitted to the hospital for observation and was to have multiple consults to assess him, however, Andrew did not get definitive care until nearly 40 hours later.  If torsion is suspected, doctor has from 4-6 hours to save testicle, possibly up to 12 if testicle is not fully torsed.  Defendant made no offer ever. 
  • D.A. v. Werd Constr. Co. and R.S.S. Constr., Inc.:  $550,000.00 plus waiver of $100,906.01 workers compensation lien settlement for plaintiff who suffered comminuted, displaced and angulated fractures involving the distal tibia and fibula, as well as an ankle fracture, which required surgical repair and hardware placement due to a deck collapse in a construction accident. 
  • E.O. v. Edgewater Medical Center:  $9,346,933.64 jury verdict for a 42-year-old man who died in 2000 as a result of unnecessary heart surgery. 
  • Does v. Minor Perpetrator and his Mother:  $2,550,000 settlement for four children molested by a neighbor’s child. Multiple events over a six month period, the victims were 5 and 6 years old and the perpetrator was 11. Claims were against the neighbor’s child and his mother for negligent supervision because the mother was aware of previous accusations against her child and had been warned by her child’s therapist that the 11-year-old was not to be left alone with younger children because of his propensity to commit such acts. During pendency of case, we were able to prove that the child perpetrator and his mother were covered by the renters policy the mother had on the apartment. 
  • S.B. v. YCM.:  $1,520,000 plus waiver of $260,000 worker's compensation lien for a 22-year-old who lost his non-dominant arm below the elbow in a work mishap. In an attempt to determine the cause of imperfect drilling by the machine, he slipped into the spinning drill. The defendant's machine did not have an automatic shut-off when the doors were open and did not have adequate safety guards to protect workers from the spinning drill.  
  • T.M., Individually and as Parent and Next Friend of, Jane Doe, a minor, v. Darwin Jackson, M.D.; and Family Planning Associates Medical Group, Ltd.:  $950,000 jury verdict for a 14 year old minor, presented to Family Planning Associates for an elective suction termination of pregnancy at 7-8 weeks.  Initially, the doctor was unable to locate the pregnancy.  Shortly after he finally did locate it, Jane Doe’s vitals dropped dramatically and she had to be rushed to Northwest Memorial Hospital where she needed to have a supracervical hysterectomy to save her life.  Plaintiff alleged that during the seven minute procedure, Dr. Jackson should have heeded several warning signs that the pregnancy was ectopic, or outside of the uterus, and she should have been sent to another provider where they could do further testing.  Plaintiff also alleged that Dr. Jackson tore Jane Doe’s uterus multiple times and started a massive bleed. Had her condition been discovered beforehand, Jane Doe likely would have undergone a resection surgery that would have preserved her ability to have her own children on one side of her uterus.  She cannot bear children, but because her ovaries were saved, she is eligible for surrogacy.  Defense made no offer ever. 
  • M.A. v. Jimmy'z:  $600,000 settlement for a 45-year-old electrician who fell on a construction site when he tripped on some wire mesh that had been poorly placed by an employee of a different trade. 
  • Estates of D.S. and F.R. v. Agridyne, LLC. - $6,000,000.00 settlement to the families of a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old man who died from poisonous gas exposure in a railroad car while working at Agridyne, LLC's livestock feed facility in Pekin, Illinois. The $3 million settlement to each estate represents the second highest wrongful death awarded in Tazewell County as of 2018.
  • D.B. v. Advocate Medical Group, S.C.:  $10,500,000 jury verdict for a 72-year-old woman who suffered an above knee amputation of her leg due to a failure of the emergency room doctor to diagnose bacterial cellulitis. 
  • D.S. v. MiTek Industries, Inc. v. C.I.T. Industries, Inc.:  $13,544,172 jury verdict in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County, Illinois for a product liability case involving a 19-year-old young man who suffered an above-knee amputation of his left leg due to a defectively designed and manufactured Roof Glider machine
  • O.R. v. Dri-Tec Manufacturing, Inc.:  $8,104,001.35 judgment against Dri-Tec Manufacturing, Inc. for a 24-year-old machine operator who died of compartment syndrome when his arm was crushed between two rollers of a 1990 coating and laminating machine that was designed without proper safety guards for operators. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old son. Though the defendant company was sold and later dissolved, the case continues against the former owner for fraudulent conveyance and to pierce the corporate veil to hold the owner personally liable for the judgment. 
  • S.S. v. Children’s Memorial Hospital:  $250,000 settlement for 20 year old having mid-face skeletal reconstructive surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital.  Following the surgery, nasal packing was inserted but was not taken about prior to discharge.  In follow-up visits after many complaints related to lack of taste, odor and uncontrollable nasal drainage, the packing was discovered and removed.  The retained nasal packing caused a hole, some internal scarring and still allows for some unwanted nasal drainage from time to time. 
  • J.D. v. G.K., et al.:  $1,222,000 settlement for the estate of a 33 year old man working on a construction site on a lift doing steel erection when the boom hoist wire rope of the crane working nearby snapped and the boom collapsed and fell on him killing him instantly. Case was against the general contractor and an inspection service. The decedent was survived by his 1 year old daughter and posthumously born son.
  • W.T. v. Courthouse Development:  $400,000 settlement for a 53-year-old man who was injured while at work when he fell of a 6-7 foot scaffold. Though the defendant denied it, the scaffold was assembled by the defendant in violation of OSHA standards.
  • A.S. v. OB/GYN Surgeon and her Hospital Employer:  $950,000 settlement for a 51-year-old woman against her surgeon and her surgeon’s hospital employer. Surgeon was attempting operative treatment for a fibroid uterus and menorrhagia. During the surgery, the surgeon injured the plaintiff’s colon requiring another surgeon to step in and emergently attempt to repair the injuries. As a direct result of the doctor’s negligence, plaintiff required a hysterectomy, was forced to have a colostomy bag for three months and suffered from a recto-vaginal fistula for seven months. She now has diet restrictions and intermittent abdominal discomfort. 
  • Doe v. Tejpal:  Confidential settlement to a three-year-old boy, John Doe, who was injured when defendant's maintenance man entered the boy's apartment and sexually molested him. Plaintiffs brought suit against the apartment owner for giving the maintenance man a pass key for all the apartments without doing a criminal background check, which would have revealed a prior similar conviction. 

Educational Background:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • American Constitutional Society
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Matthew D. Ports

One East Wacker Drive
Suite 3310
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-828-9666

Fax: 312-828-0880

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Last Updated: 9/11/2018

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