Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of Illinois
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Decalogue Society of Lawyers
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
Emory University, B.A.
Matthew R. Lasky
An associate in Michelman & Robinson, LLP’s (M&R’s) Chicago office, Matthew Lasky is a member of the firm’s Commercial & Business Litigation Practice Group. Matt has extensive experience in all phases of discovery and trial preparation, including depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, legal research, drafting demand letters, discovery requests and responses, as well as conducting client and witness interviews. Focusing on commercial litigation, employment law and class action, he represents clients in several key industries, including: insurance; internet, software and technology; and health care.
As an associate, Matt has successfully drafted, and argued several dispositive motions, obtaining full dismissals on behalf of his clients. He has also researched and drafted multiple state and federal appellate briefs.
Matt earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and was the Production Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Matt was also the recipient of the Leigh L. Bienen Prize for his published comment, Imposing Indigence. The prize is awarded for the best student-written comment approved for publication in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. At Northwestern, Matt served as Chair of the Student Bar Association, Technology Committee.
Matt earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University in 2011, majoring in International Studies and Russian Studies. At Emory, Matt was a competitive policy debater for four years, and served as the Vice President of the Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education.
Awards and Recognitions
Matt was named to the Illinois list of Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019.
Commercial & Business Litigation: Obtained a significant judgment in Illinois in favor of a computer programmer working on a visa whose employer had stolen a considerable amount of his wages, and successfully defended the programmer against a subsequent breach of fiduciary duty action filed against him by the employer. M&R’s motion to dismiss that case drafted and argued on behalf of the programmer was granted with prejudice.
Environmental Defense: Successfully defended a client against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which filed a complaint seeking penalties in excess of $1 million for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The EPA alleged that the client operated a plant that leaked a hazardous substance into the air before being shut down by EPA. Choosing to push back against the proposed penalties versus a merit-based challenge, the dispute was favorably resolved for $5,000.
Employment Law: Researched and drafted successful motion for preliminary injunction against a client’s former employee who violated a restrictive covenant by misappropriating client lists and other trade secrets via email in order to aid a competitor.
Professional Liability: Researched, drafted, and argued motions to dismiss claims of professional negligence against several real estate appraisers, who were sued for allegedly over-appraising homes in the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2007-08. In this series of cases, Successfully achieved several full dismissals on behalf of his clients.
Commercial Litigation: Researched and drafted portions of a successful appellee’s brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the client was upheld. There, in a breach of contract case, the appellant had unsuccessfully attempted to pierce the corporate veil to reach the assets of the client’s parent company.
- January 24, 2019
- PropertyCasualty360, November 13, 2017
Past Speaking Engagements
- Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) Insurance Hot TopicsMay 2017
- Insurtech and Cybersecurity Underwriting November 20, 2017
- Buying Insurance? There's an App for That August 1, 2017
- Regulators Rebuffed: CA Court Rejects $27 Million “Broker Fees” Fine December 19, 2016