Matthew R. Barrett Associate
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Matthew R. Barrett

Matt is a member of HMB’s Litigation Group and focuses his practice on dispute resolution and complex commercial litigation.

Matt helps businesses and their owners work through the many challenges posed by complex commercial disputes and litigation in both state and federal courts. In court, Matt is an efficient and zealous advocate for his clients.  He takes a well-informed, aggressive approach, without losing focus of each client’s unique business goals. His preventative counsel enables clients to spot and avoid legal issues that can disrupt their business operations before they arise.

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Resolving Business Disputes Through Aggressive, Informed Strategies

Diverse businesses, from small and mid-sized privately-held companies and their owner-operators to private equity firms, national commercial banks and other financial institutions, turn to Matt for counsel. He has significant experience representing M&A buyers and sellers in post-closing disputes, enforcing and defending various restrictive covenants such as non-competes and non-solicitations, representing lenders and creditors in work-out situations and lender-liability disputes, and advising individuals in disputes concerning trusts, estates and control of closely-held or family businesses.

Clients appreciate the pairing of Matt’s strong technical litigation acumen with his emphasis on furthering their big-picture business objectives.


Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D.

Boston College, B.A. in English and History



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2019-2021

Professional Memberships

Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association


  • Hal J. Wood and Matthew R. Barrett Secure Victory in Highly Contested Post-Transaction DisputeFebruary 26, 2020

    HMB litigators Hal J. Wood and Matthew R. Barrett secured a complete victory in a recent highly contested post-transaction dispute. The team obtained summary judgment in their clients’ favor on all counts, including an award of 100% of the clients’ attorneys’ fees, resulting in a total judgment of over $9,000,000 in favor of HMB’s clients. HMB’s clients were the sellers…

  • Four Attorneys from the Litigation Group Named to 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars ListsFebruary 3, 2020

    One attorney from HMB's Litigation Group has been named as a 2020 Illinois Super Lawyer. Additionally, three attorneys were named to the 2020 Illinois Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from over seventy practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The following HMB attorney was selected for…


  • Non-Performance of Contractual Obligations During the COVID-19 PandemicMarch 23, 2020

    The economic uncertainty caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses and commercial relationships worldwide.  As COVID-19 continues to spread, businesses may experience disruptions that make it difficult or impossible to fulfill their contractual obligations.  Under certain circumstances, those disruptions may justify non-performance.  One such escape hatch is a force majeure clause, which is a provision contained…



  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston College, B.A. in English and History
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Chicago IL 60661

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