Matthew Sims

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.
Matthew Sims
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Aviation & Aerospace, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2009

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2023

Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.

20 North Clark Street
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602 Visit website


Matthew Sims is a shareholder 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.

Matthew regularly handles high-profile and complex cases, including traumatic brain injury cases, explosions, commercial trucking accidents, defective product cases, construction injuries, medical malpractice, and commercial aviation crashes.

Matthew regularly handles high-profile and complex cases, including traumatic brain injury cases, explosions, commercial trucking accidents, defective product cases, construction injuries, medical malpractice, and commercial aviation crashes.

He is currently serving as court appointed lead counsel in all federal litigation arising out of the Husky Superior Refinery Explosion. He is involved in numerous high profile aviation disasters, including the Boeing 737 Max 8 litigation arising out of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, where he serves on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, the 2019 Ketchikan Alaska Midair Collision, and the 2020 Soldotna Alaska Midair Collision. Recently, he served as co-lead counsel in the crash of US Airways Flight 1702.

Due to his experience in representing his clients, Matthew has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star every year from 2014-2021 - 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 Lawyers as a "Top 40 Under 40" attorney practicing in the field of plaintiff's personal injury, every year since 2017.

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

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, as well as a Certificate in Trial Advocacy, which was awarded to less than 3% of graduating students. At The John Marshall Law School, he won the school-wide Dean Herzog Moot Court Competition.  In addition to winning the overall competition which included oral arguments, his legal brief was also recognized as the best written brief of the competition.  Supplementing his formal education during law school with practical experience, he clerked for the Cook County Public Defender's Office, as well as the Presiding Judge of the Fifth District of Cook County

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Aviation and Aerospace
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2009, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2014 - 2019
  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017-2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice - Aviation Executive Committee, 2019
  • Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2011
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Illinois Appellate Court Broadens Scope of Anti-Indemnity Act to Protect Illinois Contractors," Cassiday Schade Blog, 2013
  • The Montreal Convention is an international treaty adopted by most countries and which governs injuries to passengers aboard international flights. Knowledge of the Montreal Convention is central to determining liability in international aviation litigation., Author, International Air Accidents Require the Application of Special Laws Governed by the Montreal Convention, Legal Examiner, 2019
  • Using Flight 1702 as an example, this article tells the story of how federal law has sometimes been misapplied to keep CVR audio recordings secret, how the law came to be, how most courts have allowed litigants access and why this is how it should be, why the courts prohibiting access so far have been wrong, and why Congress might consider changing the statutory language toassure that more judges do not make the mistake a few have already made, by improperly aligning the public and private interests involved. When these interests are properly balanced under the federal statute, as most courts realize, CVR audio must be discoverable in civil litigation arising out of air crashes., Author, Cockpit Voice Recorder Audio Evidence is Centrally Important in Civil Litigation and Discoverable under 49 U.S.C. § 1154: The Flight 1702 Example, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy Journal, 2019
  • "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
Educational Background:
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, B.A. - 2006

Office location for Matthew Sims

20 North Clark Street
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-327-9880


10 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2023

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