Sims, Matthew S.
Address: 20 North Clark Street Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60602
Lawyer Firm: Rapoport Law Offices, P.C.
|Areas of Practice||Aviation Accidents, Product Liability, Trucking Accidents, Construction Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents|
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:
$7,600,000 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$2,000,000 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 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.
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