Matthew S. Sims
Matthew Sims is a shareholder with Rapoport Weisberg & Sims, P.C. 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 most recent recoveries on behalf of his clients have included a $7,500,000 recovery on behalf of shipyard workers poisoned at work, a $6,400,000 settlement in a case involving bleeding complications from a medical device, a first-of-its-kind $3,000,000 jury verdict against a pharmaceutical company after a man committed suicide while on a mislabeled generic version of its anti-depressant medication, a $3,000,000 settlement in a case where a factory worker was killed while operating a machine, a $2,000,000 settlement in an ankle injury case that set a record as the highest ever for such an injury in that jurisdiction, and a $939,000 settlement on behalf of a woman whose ankle was broken in a trucking accident. He has also handled numerous aviation accidents that have resulted in substantial confidential settlements 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 five years straight - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 - 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 selected by the National Trial Institute as a "Top 40 Under 40" attorney practicing in the field of plaintiff's personal injury.
In addition to representing the injured and their families in the trial court, Matthew has notable experience in the appellate courts of several states and in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Matthew originally hails from Chicago where he grew up and attended high school. He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University with a Certificate of Superior Achievement from the History Department, before returning to Chicago to attend law school at The John Marshall 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, while also 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.