Matthew Sims

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.
 | 20 North Clark Street, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-327-9880
Fax: 312-327-9881
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    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.

    Recently, he served as co-lead counsel in the crash of US Airways Flight 1702 and is currently representing the families of victims in the Boeing Max 8 litigation.  Matthew is a published author and presenter on aviation crash litigation and also serves on the Executive Committee for the American Association of Justice’s Aviation Section.

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

    • $7,600,000 recovery for workers poisoned by lead in a shipyard
    • $6,400,000 settlement in a product liability case involving bleeding complications from a defectively designed medical device
    • $5,750,000 recovery for a passenger who walked away from a commercial airplane crash and later developed back problems
    • $4,900,000 settlement in a slip and fall that resulted in a fractured leg and eventual death of a woman at work
    • $3,000,000 first-of-its-kind jury verdict against a global pharmaceutical company for concealing the suicide risks of its drug after a man took his life while on a generic version of the drug
    • $3,000,000 settlement in a product liability case where a factory worker was killed while operating a defectively designed machine
    • $2,300,000 award in a case involving the malfunction of an airport service vehicle that pinned a worker against an aircraft.
    • $2,250,000 record-setting highest personal injury recovery ever for any injury in that jurisdiction for a client who suffered a fractured femur and burns in a car accident.
    • $2,000,000 record-setting recovery for an ankle injury in that jurisdiction. The original offer from the defendants was 25 cents.
    • $1,075,000 record-setting settlement for a 95-year-old woman knocked down by a grocery store clerk who suffered a broken hip. The recovery is the highest injury settlement ever for a nonagenarian in the state of Illinois.
    • $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 six years straight - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 - 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, in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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

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


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    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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    Admitted: 2009, Illinois

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    • 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
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    20 North Clark Street
    Suite 3500
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-327-9880

    Fax: 312-327-9881

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