Matthew Patterson is a partner with Beam Legal Team. Matthew has focused his practice on obstetrical and neonatal hospital, physician, and nursing negligence cases.
Proving to be a formidable advocate at trial, Matthew has secured numerous verdicts on behalf of injured children and families to ensure they have the resources needed for the lifetime care of that child and hold caregivers accountable for negligent treatment during birth.
Recently, in April 2023, Matthew won a record wrongful death verdict of $19 million in Cook County, Illinois for the family of Darone Bush, who died when he was 10 months old due to brain damage he suffered at birth. This tragedy, in which Darone’s life was cut incomprehensibly short due to blatant obstetrical malpractice, is precisely what Matthew fights for: he stated “Everyone deserves appropriate, quality care, regardless of what community they’re in.”
In 2022, Matthew and the Beam Legal Team went to trial on behalf of a baby who sustained a life-altering traumatic brain injury and secured a $97.4 million verdict in Iowa, the largest of its kind in Iowa history.
In 2019, Matthew along with Jack Beam were featured in TopVerdict.com which publishes the top 10 verdicts in each state with the third largest verdict in Illinois in 2019 at $23,594,000.00, holding accountable Presence St. Joseph Hospital for a child’s brain injury.
In 2016, Matthew helped secure a $53,000,000 verdict against the University of Chicago when the doctors failed to diagnose fetal distress resulting in a baby suffering HIE at birth. The verdict now provides the child Isaiah with the lifetime care he requires.
Matthew and Beam Legal Team, LLC, also represented “the family of a girl who suffered severe brain damage due to the care her mother received while in labor at Stroger Hospital,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The child is now 14 years old and is still living with the effects of the hospital’s negligence. Matt was able to secure a $14,000,000 settlement to cover lifelong care for the family’s daughter.
These cases are only a couple examples of Matthew and Beam Legal Team’s many successes. View more settlements here.
Before joining “BLT”, Matthew was a standout student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Matthew graduated magna cum laude and was a member of The John Marshall Law Review. While earning Dean’s list honors every semester, Matthew also received eight CALI Awards as the law student with the highest grade in the class.
In December of 2017, Matthew became the youngest lawyer to be made partner in the 33-year history of the firm. Matthew has helped Beam Legal Team obtain numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements to help families in need pay for the extraordinarily expensive medical care costs caused by their children’s tragic injuries.
Born and raised on the north side, Matt’s Chicago roots run deep. His father, Robert Patterson, is a premier plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer. His mother, Cathy, is a teacher at Pope John XXIII of Evanston and a regular volunteer with the Misericordia Home for individuals with disabilities where Matt also volunteers his time. Matthew lives with his wife and best friend, Alex, and their children, Joey, Robbie and Olivia. When not fighting for the families of Cerebral Palsy children, Matt enjoys his own family time, watching local sports teams, and staying current on news and politics.
Matthew is licensed to practice in Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. Also, Matthew is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice, and the Birth Trauma Litigation Group.
Matthew specializes in birth injury cases with “BLT” but would be happy to review and answer your questions for any kind of personal injury case.
Notable Cases in the News
- Sauk Village family reaches $15M settlement over alleged brain damage during delivery
- Birth injury brings $15M settlement
- U. of C. hospital fails to get mistrial on case involving $53M verdict
- Jury hits U. of C. hospital with $53 million malpractice verdict
- Illinois jury awards 12-year-old $53M in birth injury case
- $53M verdict for birth injury
- $53M verdict entered over mistrial ask
- Jury Rejects ‘Mystery Infection’ Argument in Birth Injury Case
- Jury orders Chicago’s Saint Joseph Hospital to pay $23.6 million to girl who suffered brain damage at birth
- Parents of Girl With Brain Damage Sue Presence Saint Joseph Hospital For $23M