Our Attorneys

Matthew J. Gardner

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760

Matthew J. Gardner

Matt represents private and public project owners over the course of construction and development projects, beginning with property acquisition, zoning, contract negotiation and bidding, project management, surety and warranty claims and any resulting litigation concerning payment, delays or design or construction defects. Matt also represents contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on a variety of construction-related matters, including payment claims, preserving and enforcing lien rights and defending defect claims.

Matt is the past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee (2018-19), has testified before the General Assembly on construction-related matters, and a is member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee. Matt has also performed pro bono services representing clients through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and Franciscan Outreach.


Illinois “Rising Star”, by Super Lawyers Magazine, in the area of Construction Litigation (2020-2021)


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.S., University of Utah

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Utah 
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Recent Publications

 Recent Presentations

  • Construction Law 101, National Business Institute (December 2019)
  • Foolproof Contract that Abide by State Laws, 2019 Illinois ASBO Annual Conference (May 2019)
  • Construction Purchasing & Bidding Common Problems & Solutions, Illinois ASBO (March 2019)
  • Construction Contracts: Boilerplate Language Landmines You May Not Know, National Business Institute (February 2019)
  • The Anatomy of a Mechanics Lien Claim, Illinois State Bar Association (May 2018)