Matthew Schiff

Matthew B. SchiffPartner

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Matthew B. Schiff leads the firm's Labor and Employment group. Matt represents management and executives in disputes claiming breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and employment torts. He counsels clients in all aspects of employment and labor relations including wage and hour disputes, trade secrets, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. 

Matt often counsels law firms and medical practices in employment matters. He is an experienced litigator who has tried or arbitrated a wide range of cases and argued numerous appeals. Matt assists his clients in developing employee handbooks, policies, employment contracts and separation agreements. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements and helps his unionized clients with contract administration.

Matt holds the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™) and AVVO (10/10). He has repeatedly been recognized as an Illinois “superlawyer” in Labor & Employment and as a “Leading Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Magazine. Matt has been elected as a Life Fellow in the American Bar Foundation (limited to 1/3 of 1% of Illinois Lawyers). He is also a fellow of the ABA College of Workers Compensation Lawyers. Matt regularly speaks at conferences and publishes books and law reviews including a chapter in the recent ABA book “Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases.”



American Bar Association
     Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
     TIPS Fellow
     Past Chair General Committee Board 
     Past Elected Member of TIPS Governing Counsel
     Labor and Employment Section, past Committee Chair 
     Litigation Section

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association 



Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in: Employment Law: Management (2017)

Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2005, 2007-2012, 2015-2020)

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated; 5.0/5.0 Overall Client Rating –

AVVO 10/10 Rating

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation (limited to 1/3 of 1% of Illinois Lawyers)

Fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers


Speaking Engagements


Civic & Professional

Served as Special Assistant Attorney General representing Illinois Industrial Commission

Matthew B. Schiff's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:

Representing public sector, private sector, union and non-union employers in all Federal, State and local courts and agencies including EEOC, DOL, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, Cook County Commission on Human Relations and the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission

  • Publications:

    • Schiff, Matthew B., and Kathryn Nadro. Internal Whistleblowers. Law Journal Newsletters, December 2017. 
    • Schiff, Matthew B., and James W. Hulbert. Recent Developments in Employment Law. Legal Library, April 2009. 
    • Schiff, Matthew B., and Linda C Kramer. Litigating the Sexual Harassment Case. 2nd ed. Chicago, Ill.: Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2000.
    • Schiff, Matthew B. Survey of Illinois Law: Workers' Compensation. Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Volume 19, 1995.
    • Schiff, Matthew B, Author. Aids, and the Health Care Worker. Seminar Faculty, University of Wisconsin Management Institute.Gonzaga University Law Review, Volume 29, Number. 1 1994. 
    • Schiff, Matthew B. A Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Acting. Gonzaga Law Review, Volume 28, Number. 2 1993.
    • Schiff, Matthew B, Company-AuthorThe Americans with Disabilities Acting: A New Challenge for Employers. The Tort and Insurance Law Journal, Volume XXVII, Number. l. Fall, 1991.