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   3Matthew J. PiersChicago(312) 604-2606mpiers@hsplegal.commpiers@hsplegal.comHughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltdwww.hsplegal.comwww.hsplegal.compiersmatthewj.jpgCivil Appellate LawCivil Rights/Constitutional LawClass Action/ Mass Tort Plaintiff's LawCommercial LitigationGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawComplex Litigation
Matthew J.
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd
70 W Madison St Ste 4000
Chicago IL 60602-4698
Ph.(312) 604-2606 Fx.(312) 604-2607
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Civil Appellate Law    Complex Litigation
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Class Action/ Mass Tort Plaintiff's Law
Commercial Litigation
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Piers is a nationally recognized trial attorney experienced in complex matters, practicing in a broad array of federal and state courts around the country. He has over 30 years of experience in commercial, tort, employment, civil rights, and class action litigation.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Among the many significant cases Mr. Piers has handled are the following:
In Re Mexico Money Transfer. A class action on fraudulent practices in the international wire transfer industry, resulting in a settlement providing injunctive relief and about $400 million in benefits to the mostly Mexican migrant class members

People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education. A class action school desegregation case tried in 1993 to a liability determination, containing the most detailed findings (550 page opinion) in the history of litigation of school desegregation

ACLU v. City of Chicago. A class action challenge to political surveillance and harassment by local and national law enforcement agencies which resulted in a settlement with the broadest restrictions anywhere in the country on government interference with the First Amendment

In Re Federal Bank and Trust Company. A class action challenge to international securities fraud which resulted at the time in the largest RICO recovery in the nation

Schulte v. Lauridsen. A wrongful death action resulted in the largest gross negligence recovery in the state of Iowa and the largest verdict in the history of Crawford Co., Iowa

Maloney v. Rice. A successful trial defense of a Chicago Police Superintendent charged with employment "reverse race discrimination"

Cadar v. Bell and Trombetta v. Proviso School Board. Record verdicts for single plaintiffs in civil rights and employment cases in the United States District Court, N.D. Illinois.

Bar Admissions:  
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1974
United States District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois,1975 and 1976;
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2001
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1993
Supreme Court of the United States, 1985

Hourly Rate:  $301-400/hour

Retainer:  Varies by case.

Year of Birth:  1951

Additional languages spoken:  Conversational Spanish

Law School:  University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
Undergraduate School:  Cornell University

Representative Clients:  
Mr. Piers has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to community organizations and numerous individuals. From 1984 to 1989, he was the deputy corporation counsel for the city of Chicago, in charge of all of the city's lawsuits under the administration of Mayor Harold Washington.

Employment History:  
Mr. Piers is a shareholder and member of the management committee at Gessler, Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd.. where he has worked since 1989.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American College of Trial Lawyers
Illinois Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association.

Community Involvement:  
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  National board
National Safe Workplace Institute
  Chairman of the board
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  Public Affairs Committee

Published Legal Writing:  
Editor and contributor to the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report

Article for the Pace University Law Review regarding this defense of the criminal charges brought against the Muslim charity Benevolence International Foundation, Inc., May, 2005

He has published articles on housing law and labor law issues.

Legal Lectures:  
Mr. Piers has spoken at seminars and organizational meetings around the country, on trial advocacy and constitutional and civil rights issues.

Firm Description:  
Gessler, Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym, Ltd., is a 30-person law firm, specializing in litigation matters in both the state and federal courts. A large percentage of our cases are referred to us by other law firms, relying on our expertise. The firm has an active immigration law practice, representing employers and individuals.

Married, with two children

Several parking garages nearby

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