Matthew V. Topic

Matthew V. Topic

Matt Topic founded and leads Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice.  Matt has litigated hundreds of state and federal FOIA cases around the country. Among other successes on behalf of our clients, Matt forced the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video; records from the Mueller investigation; Rahm Emanuel’s “private emails” about public business; and FBI records that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man.  Matt has trained hundreds of journalists, activists, lawmakers, and concerned citizens on how to use the Freedom of Information Act effectively. Matt has also represented journalists and others to access court records, quash subpoenas for sources, defend against defamation claims, and fight unconstitutional gag orders.  He has litigated many First Amendment and Open Meetings Act cases.

In addition to transparency and media law, Matt is an experienced intellectual property attorney and business litigator. He has represented inventors, entrepreneurs, and others in litigation involving patent, trademark, trade secret, non-compete, fraud, breach of contract, and the False Claims Act, and is not afraid to take IP and commercial litigation matters on a contingency basis. Matt has taught intellectual property law as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Matt has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Appellate Court, and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York. Matt is also the Outside General Counsel for the Better Government Association.

Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Matt was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Matt was a law clerk to Presiding Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow in the Northern District of Illinois.  He graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law as Valedictorian in 2006, where he was Chicago-Kent Law Review board member.  Prior to law school, Matt was a professional jazz musician and small business owner. His undergraduate education included general engineering coursework at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Press:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/magazine/chicago-after-laquan-mcdonald.html 

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/One-Year-Later-The-Laquan-McDonald-Video-Fallout-402549106.html

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Attorney-Files-Suit-For-Release-of-Mueller-Report-508145051.html

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-foia-laquan-mcdonald-preckwinkle-government-transparency-0118-20190117-story.html

https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/Whats-the-Mystery-Behind-the-Crash-of-This-Police-Car-564051171.html

https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/2019/12/19/meet-the-ex-kirkland-partner-wielding-foia-for-mueller-records-and-more/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-coronavirus-government-foia-transparency-dillon-topic-20200409-mr2pzk56gfbwvkfsa3o7ei7ekm-story.html 

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/oct/23/requesters-voice-matt-topic/ 


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth , Seventh, Tenth, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of D.C
  • Various other District Courts
  • Court of Federal Claims

Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
• J.D., Valedictorian
• Order of the Coif
• Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
• Intellectual Property Colloquium Fellow

North Central College
• B.A.

Past Employment
• Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Publications
• Co-Author, Using Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Resolve Patent Disputes, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012)

• Author, The Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2004: A Victory for Consumer Choice?, Journal of Technology Law & Policy (2007)

• Author, Proposed New Guidance to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures in Light of the Internet and Related Technologies, 2006 Employment Law Update § 7 (Henry H. Perritt, Jr. ed.)

• Author, Proposed New Guidance to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures in Light of the Internet and Related Technologies, 2006 Employment Law Update § 7 (Henry H. Perritt, Jr. ed.)

• Author, Note: A Strategy for Renewing Trademark Negotiations in Kosovo, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2005)