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Matthew J. O'Hara

Matthew J. O'Hara

Freeborn & Peters LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Matthew O'Hara concentrates his practice in the litigation and trial of complex commercial matters in federal and state courts and has tried cases involving antitrust, the federal securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, trademark infringement, breach of contract, license agreements, executive employment, the Uniform Commercial Code, and criminal defense. He also litigates cases involving private shareholder and partnership disputes, legal malpractice, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, and other commercial matters. He has represented clients in investigative proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. He is also experienced in briefing and arguing state and federal appeals.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Matt was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where he served on the Firm's Executive Committee and as co-chair of the firm's Lawyers Professional Liability practice group.

Matt began his legal career in 1996 at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., which merged with Reed Smith LLP in 2007. He served as a deputy general counsel to Reed Smith, advising the firm on ethical and risk management issues.


  • Named a Leading Lawyer for Commercial Litigation and Professional Malpractice Defense Law, Legal/Technical/ Financial by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017
  • Holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • Named to the Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation, by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2017


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Valedictorian,
Member, Chicago-Kent Law Review

B.A., Northwestern University, with Honors, English & Economics



U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Matthew J. O'Hara is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel - Illinois Professional Responsibility MCLE Marathon 2017, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Understanding the Securities Laws 2018, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Chicago, IL

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