Matt is a member of HMB’s Litigation Group and focuses his practice on dispute resolution and complex commercial litigation.
Matt helps businesses and their owners work through the many challenges posed by complex commercial disputes and litigation in both state and federal courts. In court, Matt is an efficient and zealous advocate for his clients. He takes a well-informed, aggressive approach, without losing focus of each client’s unique business goals. His preventative counsel enables clients to spot and avoid legal issues that can disrupt their business operations before they arise.
Resolving Business Disputes Through Aggressive, Informed Strategies
Diverse businesses, from small and mid-sized privately-held companies and their owner-operators to private equity firms, national commercial banks and other financial institutions, turn to Matt for counsel. He has significant experience representing M&A buyers and sellers in post-closing disputes, enforcing and defending various restrictive covenants such as non-competes and non-solicitations, representing lenders and creditors in work-out situations and lender-liability disputes, and advising individuals in disputes concerning trusts, estates and control of closely-held or family businesses.
Clients appreciate the pairing of Matt’s strong technical litigation acumen with his emphasis on furthering their big-picture business objectives.
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D.
Boston College, B.A. in English and History
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2019-2020
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
HMB litigators Hal J. Wood and Matthew R. Barrett secured a complete victory in a recent highly contested post-transaction dispute. The team obtained summary judgment in their clients’ favor on all counts, including an award of 100% of the clients’ attorneys’ fees, resulting in a total judgment of over $9,000,000 in favor of HMB’s clients. HMB’s clients were the sellers…
One attorney from HMB's Litigation Group has been named as a 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer. Additionally, three attorneys were named to the 2020 Illinois Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from over seventy practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The following HMB attorney was selected for…
The economic uncertainty caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses and commercial relationships worldwide. As COVID-19 continues to spread, businesses may experience disruptions that make it difficult or impossible to fulfill their contractual obligations. Under certain circumstances, those disruptions may justify non-performance. One such escape hatch is a force majeure clause, which is a provision contained…
4/8/2020 12:00pm CST Sean D. Auton, Aaron L. Hammer, Bill Katris and Matthew R. Barrett will discuss COVID-19 and its impact on Contract Rights and Insurance Claims. This webinar for the Chicagoland Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization will address questions such as: Contract Rights under COVID-19 I can’t perform under my contract or leases - what remedies do I…
In Marquette Bank v. Gesiakowski, et al., 2015 IL App (1st) 142627, the Illinois First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a lender in a mortgage foreclosure case that resolved interesting issues regarding a mortgagee's ability to foreclose on real estate held in a land trust, when the beneficial interest in that land trust is held by spouses as…
Given the increasing prevalence of intercreditor agreements in commercial finance transactions, lenders and counsel should be aware of an important 2017 Illinois appellate court decision, Bowling Green Sports Center v. C.A.G. LLC, in which the court ultimately determined that in certain circumstances a senior lender?s modification of terms with its borrower could jeopardize its priority status relative to junior lenders.