“Experience you need. Results you want.” – Matthew J. Byrne
Matthew Byrne is a partner with Odelson & Sterk, Ltd. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics. He received his law degree from John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the John Marshall Law Review. Prior to coming to our firm, Matthew served as a judicial clerk in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Matt focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law and litigation. He has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts. He has represented municipalities and private defendants in civil rights, adverse employment, and personal injury actions. Matt has successfully defended municipal police departments and officers against claims of excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution and illegal search and seizure. Additionally, in the employment and labor law fields, Matt has repeatedly obtained the dismissal or favorable resolution of claims under Title VII and Section 1983 for retaliation and discrimination as well as procedural and substantive due process claims. Matt also has a wide range of experience in local government regulation matters involving zoning and land use disputes.
Having served as general counsel for various municipalities, park districts, and school districts, Matt has earned a reputation for proper handling of Open Meetings Act issues, Freedom of Information Act requests, drafting intergovernmental agreements and contracts, as well as ordinances and policies. Matt is also experienced with municipal finance issues, including utility fees, licensing charges, tax levies, and appropriations.
Matt has been awarded the honor of being a member of the Law Bulletin’s Forty Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch, Class of 2017. He was one of 40 attorneys selected out of over 1,500 nominees.
Matt and his wife, Katie Regan, have 3 children.