Matt Topic is a government transparency and media lawyer who has vigorously and passionately represented scores of clients in well over 100 transparency cases. He has also represented journalists and others to access court records, quash subpoenas for sources, defend against defamation claims, and fight unconstitutional gag orders. Matt has trained hundreds of Illinois residents and journalists on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to hold government accountable, has educated lawmakers on FOIA issues, and is frequently quoted in the press on government transparency. Among other accomplishments, Matt was the attorney primarily responsible for forcing the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video under FOIA. His FOIA litigation work against the FBI resulted in the release of information that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man. In 2016, Matt received the Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award from the National Lawyers Guild for his transparency efforts involving the Chicago Police Department. His representation of the Better Government Association regarding Rahm Emanuel’s so-called private emails earned BGA the 2017 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to transparency and media law, Matt is an experienced intellectual property attorney and business litigator. He has represented inventors, entrepreneurs, and others in litigation involving patent, trademark, trade secret, non-compete, fraud, breach of contract, and the False Claims Act. Matt approaches IP and business litigation with the same zeal and media savvy as his transparency and First Amendment matters. Matt has litigated well over 20 patent lawsuits for plaintiffs and defendants, and is not afraid to take IP and commercial litigation matters on a contingency basis. Matt has taught intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Matt has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Matt is the Outside General Counsel for the Better Government Association.

Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Matt was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Previously, as a law clerk to now-retired Presiding Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow, Matt assisted in over 100 settlement conferences in a wide variety of federal 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 a number of articles on intellectual property and is a frequent presenter on intellectual property and transparency issues.

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)