Practice Areas

Education

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2007
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, pro hac vice
Matthew T. Jenkins
Associate
mtj@corboydemetrio.com
33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312.346.3191

Matthew Jenkins joined the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio as a personal injury lawyer in 2008. He practices personal injury law in all areas including cases arising from automobile collisions, construction negligence, premises liability and product liability.       

Matt is currently Lead Plaintiff's Counsel overseeing more than 50 complaints filed on behalf of men whose sperm was destroyed while stored in a cryogenics lab at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

In 2013, Matt, along with Flip Corboy, obtained an $8 million verdict for the family of a woman killed by a truck as she stood on shoulder of I-294.  Before returning to Corboy & Demetrio, where he clerked while attending law school, Matt practiced plaintiffs’ Civil Rights Law at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago. While at Loevy, Matt assisted in obtaining a $4 million verdict in a significant civil rights case on his very first trial.  

In 2013, Matt was named to "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," by the Law Bulletin publishing Company.  He heads Corboy & Demetrio's Pro Bono Department.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Matt received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2007 from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized for both his academic achievements and his commitment to public service. In 2013, Matt received the Chicago-Kent College of Law Young Alumni Award.  And in 2005, the law school honored Matt’s personal dedication to public service by naming him a Public Interest Law Initiative Scholar.

Matthew is licensed to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern Districts of Illinois.

He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association where he currently serves as Co-Chair of  the Young Lawyers Committee.  Matt also sits on the Illinois State Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee. 

Matt  is Past President and current Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Disability & Elder Law.  In 2012, at the age of 30, Matt was the youngest Board President in CDEL's history.  Matt is a Co-Chair of the Young Alumni Committee of the Alumni Board at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2010, he was selected as the Illinois Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) for the volunteer legal work he has done. View ILAO's video of Matt here.

Matt  currently serves as Member Service Manager after previously serving as Public Service Manager in the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division, also sitting on its Executive Committee.  In addition, Matt sits on the CBA’s Auxiliary Board of Lawyer's Lend-a-Hand to Youth.

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Profiles

"Illinois Pro Bono Attorney of the Month" Illinois Legal Aid Online  

News

Publications

Honors

  • Public Interest Law Initiative Intern Alumni Award, 2014
  • Law Bulletin's "40 IL Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," 2013
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Young Alumni of the Year Award, 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Rising Star Award, 2012
  • Illinois Pro Bono Attorney of the Month
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2011-Present
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Public Interest Law Initiative Scholar, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee and YLS Member Service Manager; YLS Public Service Manager, 2013; YLS Host Committee, 2012
  • Chicago Inn of Court
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Young Alumni Committee, Chair, 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations - Cook County
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Young Lawyers Division, Chair; Civil Rights & Criminal Law Committee, Co-Chair

Community Involvement

  • Center for Disability & Elder Law, Board of Directors, 2011-present; President, Executive Board, 2012-2013; President, Young Professionals Board, 2009-2011
  • Corboy & Demetrio, Pro Bono Coordinator
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Alumni Board, Young Alumni Committee Chair; Lawyer's Lend-a-Hand, Auxilary Board Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, 2013-present.

Seminars & Speeches

  • Speaker, "Exploring Careers in Small and  Midsize Firms," Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2011 
  • Moderator, "Lunch with a Judge," Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2011, 2012
  • Moderator, "Strategies for Getting Hired & Advancing Within a Law Firm," Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2014.