Print This Page      Email to a Friend

   3Matthew C. CrowlChicago(312) 471-8720mcrowl@rshc-law.commcrowl@rshc-law.comRiley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLPwww.rshc-law.comwww.rshc-law.comcrowlmatthew.jpgCommercial LitigationCriminal Defense Law: White CollarGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Matthew C.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
70 W Madison St Ste 2900
Chicago IL 60602-4246
Ph.(312) 471-8720 Fx.(312) 471-8701Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Crowl is a trial attorney. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, internal investigations, white collar crime matters, corporate compliance, and business disputes, as well as governmental policy and operations — achieved in private practice and during more than 15 years of distinguished public service as a senior city official and federal prosecutor.

Mr. Crowl represents private and governmental clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including class actions, securities litigation, civil RICO, and tax litigation. Mr. Crowl also represents corporations, government agencies, and individuals in government and corporate internal investigations, such as those involving stock option backdating, complex fraud, RICO, anti-trust, and subpoena compliance.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

Year of Birth:  1962

Law School:  University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1989

Law School Honors/Involvement:  With honors; associate editor, The University of Chicago Law Review

Undergraduate School:  Drake University, B.A., economics and political science, 1984
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Employment History:  
Prior to practicing law at a large Chicago law firm in 2006, Mr. Crowl was a senior member of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration, promoted to first deputy chief of staff in 2004 after serving as deputy chief of staff for public safety in 2003. He oversaw policies, programs and operations for the City of Chicago, including in the areas of economic and urban development, finance, human capital, infrastructure and public safety.

Mr. Crowl coordinated initiatives among the city's more than 40 commissioners and agencies, and he was the mayoral liaison to the city's Law Department and Inspector General's Office. Mr. Crowl helped develop and implement a city compliance and reform program that:

  • Expanded the city's Inspector General's Office

  • Passed whistleblower, false claims, false statements and qui tam legislation

  • Developed new ethics training and accountability forums

  • Helped reform the city's Department of Human Resources

  • Created a city-wide compliance office

  • He was a member of the mayor's Finance and Audit Committees, and he helped devise and institute a city-wide performance management system. His duties also included coordinating crime and public safety policy and serving as a liaison for Mayor Daley to the Chicago Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management and Communication. Mr. Crowl developed and coordinated strategies with the Chicago Police Department, state and federal agencies, and community groups to successfully lower Chicago's homicide rate.

    Earlier, Mr. Crowl served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois from 1992 to 2003, rising to deputy chief and also acting as Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator. He investigated and prosecuted:

  • White collar crime (including mail and wire, bank, bankruptcy, health care and credit card fraud; illegal insider trading; trademark infringement; embezzlement; and income tax violations)

  • Public corruption

  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations

  • Street gang crime

  • Mr. Crowl tried 30 jury trials and argued more than a dozen cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In addition to numerous awards, he received letters of commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Service, and the U.S. Postal Investigation Service.

    Prior to his law career, Mr. Crowl spent a year as an English instructor and consultant to the Kitazawa Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

    Honorable James F. Holderman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1989-1992

    Teaching Appointments:
  • The University of Chicago Law School
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Analysts
  • The Criminal Trial Advocacy Program of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Education

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    The Chicago American Inn of Court
    Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
    Harry S. Truman Scholar
    American Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association
    Seventh Circuit Bar Association
    The Economic Club of Chicago
    The City Club of Chicago
    The Lawyers Club of Chicago

    Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - Joseph E. Stevens, Jr. Public Practice Award
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - Elmer B. Staats Public Service Award
  • Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Outstanding Service Award
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Exceptional Service Award
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Crime Prevention Award
  • Cook County State's Attorneys Office Special Achievement Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award

    Community Involvement:  
    Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
      Truman Scholars Association
        Founding Member

    Firm Description:  
    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila was established in 2016 to drive exceptional results and provide elite legal services with value-based pricing. Lean by design, their highly experienced and diverse team is intensely focused on solving their clients’ legal problems as business problems.

    Additional Office Locations:  
    San Francisco, New York

  • Map to Office:   Click here to view map

  • Back To Search Results