Matthew Luzadder focuses his practice on white-collar crime and internal investigations, commercial litigation and labor and employment law matters. Matt’s clients include national and global corporations, a myriad of institutional organizations, privately-owned businesses, and start-up and fast-growth companies. Matt advises some of the most important household names involved in the financial services industry, as well as new companies in emerging markets. He actively practices in both Illinois and Florida, and is a non-practicing solicitor in England and Wales.
Matt represents a wide range of companies in a variety of government investigations, such as investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Treasury, including FinCEN and OFAC, as well as foreign law enforcement entities. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist® (CAMS) by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and recognized by BTI Consulting as a Client Service All-Star in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and MVP Labor and Employment specialist in 2015.
Matt defends businesses in employment actions in federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as before various state agencies and in response to charges of discrimination, retaliation and Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act violations. His experience includes investigating claims that range from harassment to kickbacks and embezzlement. Matt first seeks to resolve potential disputes before they can evolve into serious and costly litigation through negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. Matt is committed to understanding his clients’ specific needs and opposing counsel’s point of view, which allow him to negotiate a resolution that has the greatest potential to serve both parties while, at the same time, leveraging his client’s position. Notably, Matt co-authored a chapter on the topic of negotiation for Reuter’s Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court
published in 2016.
However, Matt is also a capable litigator. Where settlement has not been possible, he has ended cases with dispositive motions and worked to see the court orders granting motions to dismiss and summary judgment upheld on appeal. He has successfully litigated breach of contract, tortious interference, false advertising, trade secrets, trademark infringement, and various other related commercial claims, as well as product liability and toxic substance cases.
In his capacity as outside general counsel for Inc.
500 companies, restaurant ventures, private equity firms and financial institutions, Matt provides business law counsel and advice on employment issues and regulatory challenges, including anti-money laundering and fraud prevention. Matt has drafted and assisted clients in implementing best practices guides, internal policies, procedures and controls, and conducted compliance reviews for clients, including large, multi-national organizations. This includes comprehensive site reviews of clients’ domestic and off-shore compliance and operations centers. Matt is fluent in and guides clients through issues ranging from SEC reporting and compliance, to negotiating service contracts and software licensing agreements.
Valued by both his clients and colleagues alike for creativity and resourcefulness, Matt is a particularly pragmatic and effective negotiator and advisor. A dedicated listener who is responsive and diplomatic, Matt has resolved matters that range from several million to more than 100 million dollars. His clients appreciate that he consistently thinks broadly, but is also dedicated to all of the “moving parts” and micro issues of a matter in order to achieve his client’s big picture goals.
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, member
White Collar Crime and Internal Investigations
Represented a financial institution in a FinCEN investigation of compliance programs. The investigation concluded with no action taken by FinCEN.
Advised clients in achieving assurances of voluntary compliance, assurance of discontinuance and deferred prosecution agreements at both the state and federal levels. Assisted the client in responding to and implementing the recommendations of a DOJ-appointed corporate compliance monitor.
Represented a client in a parallel investigation into business practices that lasted years, and involved the review of millions of documents and the interviews of dozens of employees. This matter was resolved in a manner that avoided protracted and costly litigation.
Member of a defense team who represented an individual accused of the alleged payment of kickbacks to a medical equipment distribution company. The judge granted a motion for a judgment of acquittal at the conclusion of the government’s case in chief.
Represented companies and individuals in insider trading investigations.
Member of a national litigation coordinating counsel team for a Fortune
500 company, including coordinating and directing local litigation counsel.
Represented a large chemical manufacturer in litigation brought in Cook County, Illinois by multiple plaintiffs involving alleged exposure to ethylene oxide. Obtained a summary judgment against all plaintiffs and in favor of the chemical manufacturer.
Member of a defense team in a case in which a manufacturer’s alleged negligence resulted in an above-the-knee amputation. A favorable settlement was reached while the jury was deliberating.
Member of a defense team for Life Fitness in Quarta v. Life Fitness,
which involved allegations that a defective treadmill caused severe and permanent injuries. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Life Fitness.
Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of Life Fitness in Kalfakis v. Life Fitness,
in which the plaintiff alleged that he was injured as the result of a defective piece of strength equipment.
Obtained a dismissal on summary judgment of worker’s compensation and ADA-based claims for a multi-national construction company. The court’s order was upheld by the appellate court following the briefing.
Obtained a dismissal of breach of contract and Illinois Wage Act claims for a private equity fund. In addition to these claims, the plaintiff attempted to pierce the corporate veil.
Obtained a dismissal of a race discrimination claim brought against a multi-national construction company. The plaintiff alleged a novel theory that sought to create a private cause of action under statutes governing federal housing and community development programs.
Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a multi-national construction company in a gender discrimination claim. The plaintiff claimed she was terminated after a supervisor made discriminatory remarks.
Obtained a favorable settlement of an employment matter on behalf of a multi-national corporation. The plaintiff alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, discrimination and retaliation. The case settled during the discovery phase of the litigation.
Geography of Hope–advises non-profit on general legal issues, including corporate and employment matters.
Active Transportation Alliance–advises non-profit on general legal issues, including employment matters and government contracts.
Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc.–handles pro bono matters involving business disputes, including breach of contract, landlord/tenant law and insurance coverage.
Selected as a Client Service All-Star in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 by BTI Consulting. In 2015, he was also selected as a MVP Labor and Employment specialist.
Named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers division as a 2017 Emerging Lawyer in the category of Commercial Litigation.