Overview

Matthew G. Schiltz makes his clients’ problems his own. He represents product manufacturers at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts throughout the country. Matt also advises companies on compliance and defends their interests during regulatory investigations. In addition to his product liability work, Matt has significant experience litigating complex contractual disputes and business tort claims, and he has helped successfully defend numerous class actions.

  • Experience

    Matt's recent experience includes:

    • November 2015: Trial team member for complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a child vehicle ejection case after a one-week trial in West Virginia. The plaintiffs asked the jury for $4 million.
    • March 2015: Trial team member for a complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a child drowning case after a one-week federal court trial in Missouri. The plaintiffs asked the jury for several million dollars.
    • February 2013: Trial team member for complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a child safety latch/drain cleaner ingestion case, after a six-day federal court trial in Dallas, Texas. The plaintiffs asked the jury for $30 million.
    • November 2012: Trial team member for complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a bassinet/crib child death case, after a one-week state court trial in Muncie, Ind. The plaintiffs sought millions of dollars.
    • November 2011: Trial team member for complete jury defense verdict for a manufacturer client in a child car seat brain injury case, after a two-week federal court trial in Virginia. The plaintiff asked the jury for $50 million.

    Shortly after joining Schiff Hardin and in conjunction with his PILI Fellowship at Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, Matt assisted with the successful defense of a juvenile tried for murder.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2008
      PILI Fellowship, Bluhm Legal Clinic
      Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights
    • Grinnell College, B.A., Political Science, 2004, with honors
      Dean's List

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

        Professional Memberships

        • Defense Research Institute
      • Insights

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        Speed and Flexibility: A Smart Approach to Developing Policies

        Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

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        18 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2018 Emerging Lawyers List

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2018 Emerging Lawyers Network.

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        Nineteen Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named Emerging Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 19 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Elects Nine New Partners Nationwide

        Firm Taps Six in Chicago, Two in San Francisco, One in Ann Arbor for Advancement

      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Matt has represented numerous clients pro bono in matters ranging from divorce proceedings to landlord-tenant disputes to Section 1983 actions. He also served for six years as a co-chair of the Schiff Hardin LLP/HOW Inc./Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Clinic.

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

        • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Junior Board (2011-2017)

      Product Liability and Mass Torts Blog

      Speed and Flexibility: A Smart Approach to Developing Policies

      “Smart luggage” is truly smart. Companies have created sleek, stylish bags that also contain practical, convenient accessories. Although smart luggage solves all sorts of problems, it has grabbed the attention of airlines and authorities due to the use of lithium batteries. When companies develop new products, they can often turn to existing regulations to inform... Continue Reading

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