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

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia).

Since joining ElevateNext in 2018, I have focused my practice on developing and utilizing process, technology, and data analytics to fully understand and appreciate each of my client’s unique legal needs and to effectively and efficiently provide the personalized legal services necessary to meet those needs. My clients bring me complicated problems and my goal is to help them navigate those problems to arrive at a place that leaves them in the best possible position. I pride myself on delivering answers and results to my clients in the simplest, most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Delivering business-focused results that put each client’s unique needs first is the sentiment 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. And every problem needs a solution. Elevate and ElevateNext are dedicated to finding the simplest, most effective and efficient solution to its customers’ problems.

The practice of law is hundreds, if not thousands, of years old and sometimes it shows its age. 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 are focused on changing that and I have been excited to be a part of that change.

Since 2006, I have dedicated my career to providing my clients with creative legal services that consider 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. As they say, the best problem is one you never have.

I represent and counsel customers ranging from small, family-owned businesses 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, collections, bankruptcy, 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
  • Meditation
  • CrossFit
  • Learning
  • Books (Audiobooks)
  • Music
  • 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