Matthew R. Campobasso
Education & Other Stuff
- J.D. with honors – The John Marshall Law School – 2006
- Dean’s Scholarship – The John Marshall Law School – 2003-2006
- Editor – The John Marshall Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law – 2006
- B.S., Psychology –University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 2000
- Admitted: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; State of Illinois
By Matthew R. Campobasso
Dr. Seuss wrote, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” While it is unlikely the good doctor (he wasn’t a real doctor) was discussing the practice of law, it is difficult to imagine a more appropriate quote for what lawyers do. Or, rather, what they should do. Our clients bring us big, messy, complicated problems and our job is to help them navigate those problems to arrive at a place that leaves them in the best possible position. If a lawyer is doing his or her job, then those answers are delivered in the simplest, most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.
It is that sentiment (simplicity) that first brought me to Elevate to work in the ElevateNext business. After spending more than a decade practicing law in the public and private sectors, first as a criminal prosecutor and then as a law firm associate turned partner, I know this to be true – there are no simple legal problems. Even those issues that arise that can or should be easily solved belong to someone and matter. The owner of the problem always views it as complicated. For companies, even if it is not a personal problem, a problem isn’t a legal problem, it’s just a problem. It’s helping people and companies in need that drew me to first study and then practice law in the first place.
What I have attempted to do for the duration of my career is find the simplest, most effective and efficient solution to my clients’ problems. It is Elevate and ElevateNext’s dedication to doing the same for its customers that brought me here. The practice of law is hundreds, if not thousands, of years old and sometimes it shows its age. Billable hours, anyone? In a society that is defined by the rapid evolution of technology, the practice of law has generally been slow to catch up. ElevateNext and Elevate want to change that and I am excited to be a part of that change.
Since 2006, I have dedicated my career to providing my clients with creative legal services that take into account each client’s unique business needs. While trained as a litigator and trial attorney, I regularly draw upon those experiences to assist my clients in organically navigating their day-to-day business operations in such a way that allows them to predict and avoid potential future risks and mitigate unavoidable risks that they encounter.
I represent and counsel customers ranging from small, family-owned business to Fortune 500 companies in matters involving state and federal law. This includes employment and labor issues, constitutional challenges to state and federal regulations, shareholder controversies, insurance coverage disputes, private investments, and product and premises liability. I also have extensive experience handling disputes arising from real estate investments and developments, land use and zoning, white collar crime, fraudulent transfers, judgment enforcement and collection, professional malpractice, and pension disputes.
As Charles Dickens once wrote “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” While I have enjoyed many aspects of my legal career, including constant learning and growth as a person and attorney, above all else I have enjoyed lightening my clients’ burdens.
What Nicole Auerbach and Pat Lamb Say About Matt
Joining a new venture is not for the faint-hearted. It takes guts, it takes faith and it takes foresight. Matt has all of that in spades. When we decided to launch ElevateNext, we knew we wanted lawyers in Elevate devoted to the ElevateNext business who had the ability to dive right in, without hand-holding and without fear. We needed someone not just highly skilled in the practice of law, but able to implement solutions we build for our customers. Sometimes that means going to court, but often, it means thinking like a business person, putting together a project plan or working with technology engineers to design something to create efficiencies. Matt is not your typical lawyer, and that is exactly the point. He brings value and experience to this endeavor, but most of all, he reminds us every day that the future is bright.
What Makes Me Tick
- My Family
- Books (Audiobooks)
- Writing (Screenplays, Poetry, Articles)
- Story Telling
- Stand-Up Comedy
- Chicago Cubs Baseball
- Illinois Rising Star (2012-2018)
- Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow
- CARPLS, Associate Board Member
- LAF, Board Member (Young Professionals Board)
- The Justinian Society of Lawyers of Chicago, Member
- The John Marshall Law School Young Alumni Council, President
- Chicago Scholars, Youth Mentor & Group Leader