Matthew M. Rundio has been advocating for the rights of injury victims and their families in the Chicagoland area for over 18 years. Matthew is excited to join the Illinois Valley legal community and to continue the 40-year tradition of providing personalized, dependable, and skilled representation to injured individuals that Schweickert & Ganassin established. He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from automobile crashes, trucking crashes, railroad grade crossing collisions, nursing home and medical negligence, and defective products that have resulted in tens of millions of dollars of recovery for his clients. Matthew is honored and humbled by the confidence and trust his clients place in him to represent them in their fight for fair and just compensation for the injuries they have experienced.
Matthew recognizes the importance of developing a personal relationship with his clients which allows him to understand and appreciate the injuries and harms they have suffered on a human level. He believes his aggressive representation gives his clients a strong voice against insurance companies that have unlimited financial, legal, and medical resources at their disposal to deny and delay compensating injury victims. Matthew’s commitment to expending the necessary resources to put his clients on a level playing field with the insurance companies allows his clients to resolve their cases on their terms, not the insurance company’s terms.
The legal system and process can be intimidating and confusing for clients. Matthew believes a very important part of his job as a trial attorney and counselor is to thoroughly explain the stages of the litigation process to his clients, so they have a better understanding of the legal system and progression of their case. He also believes communication with his clients is extremely important and he makes himself available anytime– day, night, and weekends– to advise and counsel his clients.
Matthew conscientiously prepares each of case which allows him to achieve favorable outcomes for his clients. He has handled hundreds of personal injury cases from inception to successful resolution, by way of settlement, arbitration/mediation, and jury verdict. He has tried numerous cases to jury verdict, both as first and second chair trial attorney. Matthew has earned a reputation in the legal community of being prepared, hard-working, and collegial and kind to witnesses, opposing counsel, and court staff. He is extremely knowledgeable on the applicable law to each case he handles and knows the facts and details of each case he handles inside and out.
Matthew has been an invited speaker at seminars sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Illinois State Bar Association to discuss many topics related to personal injury cases. He was also invited to lecture at a large physical therapy corporation regarding personal injury cases.
Matthew also gives back to his community by providing pro bono legal services to parishioners at Our Lady of Mercy Church on the north side of Chicago. He provides these services through the St. Clement Legal Aid Society and Chicago Volunteer Legal Society, organizations he has been an active member of for more than 8 years. During this time, he has represented numerous economically challenged individuals in legal matters on a pro bono basis. He was awarded the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Special Services Award in 2013 for his pro bono legal work. He has also volunteered at his alma mater law school, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he has participated in the 1L Mentoring program for first year law students and volunteered as a guest instructor for law school classes.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing golf, skiing, and some recreational sports (he recently “retired” from men’s league softball after a shoulder injury that capped a mediocre career as the team’s designated “catcher”).
- Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
- Juris Doctorate, 2000
- University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1997
Admitted to Practice
- Illinois State Bar, 2000
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- General Bar, 2000
- Illinois State Bar Association, 2001-present
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2001-present
- Chicago Bar Association, 2001-present
- American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
- The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- 2007 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Top “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch”
- Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2007-2012
- Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-present
- Leading Lawyers, 2017-present
- The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 40 under 40