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Matthew V. Topic
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Matthew V. Topic

Matt Topic joined Loevy & Loevy in 2014. His practice is focused on intellectual property licensing and litigation and business disputes, as well as Freedom of Information Act, First Amendment, and media law.

Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Matt was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. As a law clerk to now-retired Presiding Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow before joining Kirkland, Matt assisted in over 100 settlement conferences in a wide variety of federal court suits. Matt graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law as Valedictorian in 2006, where he was an Executive Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and an Intellectual Property Colloquium Fellow. Prior to law school, Matt was a professional jazz musician and small business owner. His undergraduate education included general engineering coursework at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published several articles on intellectual property and is a frequent presenter on intellectual property and FOIA issues.

Among other accomplishments, Matt was the attorney primarily responsible for forcing the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video under FOIA.

Intellectual Property

Matt has represented large and small companies in intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, licensing, patent ownership, and other commercial disputes. His experience includes litigation and licensing involving computer software and hardware, e-commerce, social and online media, computerized business methods, telecommunications, vehicle monitoring systems, smart cards, chemicals, and various mechanical devices. Matt has practiced in many district courts around the country, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of Federal Claims, and his experience includes appellate work in various courts of appeal, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Matt’s work at Kirkland was recognized as one of five “Stand Out” awards from Financial Times for Most Innovative Law Firm in Litigation.

Media/Open Government

Matt has handled or is currently handling over 50 FOIA and First Amendment disputes, including:

  • Forced Chicago Police Department to release Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson III shooting videos
  • Forced Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Schools, and other public bodies to address widespread problems with untimely FOIA responses
  • Forced FBI to release records about a corrupt CPD officer who testified against an individual in his criminal case, ultimately assisting the individual in obtaining his exoneration
  • Forced a Cook County municipality to produces years worth of emails after waiving the “undue burden” exemption through failure to respond
  • Overturned an Attorney General opinion that allowed a public body to lock an electronic document based on a “fear of manipulation”
  • Forced Chicago Police Department to conduct more thorough searches for records relevant to potential exoneration claims by people who may have been wrongfully convicted.
  • Forced release of state grand jury subpoena over the objection of the Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Forced release of cell phone records for former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and others
  • Forced release of various Chicago Police Department electronic data
  • Forced release costs of aldermanic security detail
  • Reached ongoing settlement agreement to resolve question of whether individuals using public records on social media qualified as news media.
  • Forced Chicago Transit Authority to release extensive records regarding the Ventra bidding process
  • Forced Chicago Police Department to release records showing acquisition of “stingray” surveillance equipment
  • Forced public pension plan to release gift and perk information
  • Forced school district to produce settlement agreement wrongfully withheld on the basis of confidentiality
  • Defeated suit brought by school district attempting to enforce against resident a rule against criticism of school officials at public meetings.
  • Defeated censorship of Prison Legal News by jail officials.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Various Other U.S. Courts of Appeals

Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
• J.D., Valedictorian
• Order of the Coif
• Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
• Intellectual Property Colloquium Fellow

North Central College
• B.A.

Past Employment
• Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Publications
• Co-Author, Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Resolve Patent Disputes, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012)

• Author, The Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2004: A Victory for Consumer Choice?, Journal of Technology Law & Policy (2007)

• Author, Proposed New Guidance to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures in Light of the Internet and Related Technologies, 2006 Employment Law Update § 7 (Henry H. Perritt, Jr. ed.)

• Author, Proposed New Guidance to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures in Light of the Internet and Related Technologies, 2006 Employment Law Update § 7 (Henry H. Perritt, Jr. ed.)

• Author, Note: A Strategy for Renewing Trademark Negotiations in Kosovo, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2005)

OpenTV, Inc. v. Netflix, Inc. (D. Delaware) Patent case involving streaming media and recommendation engine technologies (plaintiff).

Leighton Technologies LLC – Various Cases (Various District Courts, Court of Federal Claims) Patent cases involving smart cards (plaintiff).

Pollin Patent Licensing v. [major insurance company] (N.D. Illinois) Patent case involving call center technology (defendant).

DataTern Inc. – Various Cases (E.D. Texas) Patent cases involving interface between object-oriented software and relational databases (defendants).

TQP Development – Various Cases (E.D. Texas) Patent cases involving encryption (defendants).

Industrial Industry IP Matters (N.D. Georgia) Patent, trademark, and false advertising case involving shipping containers (defendants).

Consumer Goods IP and Post-Closing Disputes: Represented two different companies in post-closing and intellectual property disputes related to acquisition of business units from major consumer goods manufacturer.

Confidential Medical Device Entrepreneur: Assisting client to license invention to manufacturers.

Representative Cases – FOIA

Fagel v. Dept. of Transportation (Illinois) Overturning an Attorney General opinion that allowed a public body to lock an electronic document based on a “fear of manipulation.”

Better Gov’t Assoc. v. Village of Maywood (Illinois) Obtaining state grand jury subpoena over the objection of the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Better Gov’t Assoc. v. County of Cook (Illinois) Obtaining cell phone records for former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and others.

Better Gov’t Assoc. v. Chicago Police Dept. (Illinois) Obtaining 911 response time data.

Better Gov’t Assoc. v. Chicago Police Dept. (Illinois) Obtaining data showing costs of aldermanic security detail.

Better Gov’t Assoc. v. Pace (Illinois) Obtaining accident reports involving public vehicles.

Ealey v. Village of Maywood (Illinois) Rectifying multiple FOIA violations and obtaining a consent decree to ensure court supervision of any future disputes and an agreement to pay civil penalties.

Crivello v. Ill. Int’l Port District (Illinois) Obtaining thousands of documents by an entity that had claimed not to be subject to FOIA.