Matt comes from a family with a long and well known presence in the Springfield legal community. “My dad started his career when Truman was in office and finally quit when Obama was in office,” relates Matt. “Times, technology and the law changed, but Dad’s ability to sort through the nonsense and counsel his clients with solid, common sense advice endured. I would be happy to be half the lawyer he was.” Matt considers himself fortunate to have practiced along with him for the first five years of his career.
Since 1988, Matt has concentrated his practice in the defense of civil litigation matters. In 2001, Matt joined Quinn Johnston in the Springfield office as a partner with primary focus on medical malpractice defense. The Leading Lawyer Network recognizes him as one of the best medical malpractice defense lawyers in downstate Illinois, and he holds an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale.
“I consider it a privilege to represent a doctor in court,” says Matt, one of the most seasoned trial attorneys in the firm. His cases have involved a wide range of physician specialists: general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, family practice physicians, obstetricians, internists, psychiatrists, emergency physicians and optometrists, to name a few.
When asked to list some highlights of his career, he cites the following:
- Defense Verdicts in multiple medical negligence trials including claims related to emergency medicine, general surgery, breast surgery, psychiatric care, eye surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, primary care and obstetrics. Other successfully defended trials include multiple railroad liability trials (FELA), farm liability, legal malpractice, nursing home care, products liability and insurance contract claims.
- Going to verdict in over 75 jury trials.
- Service for five years on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel.
- J.D., Hamlin University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1983
- B.S., Agriculture Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign, 1978
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- Sangamon County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Lincoln Douglas Inns of Court
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Defense Research Institute
- Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
- Illinois Leading Lawyers List, 2011-2018
“Section 2-1117 and the Minimally Culpable Defendant,” IADC Quarterly, Spring 2003 (coauthor: William Busse)
- “Defense of Automobile Liability Cases,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- “Liability Exposure for Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants,” Illinois State Medical Society
- “Defense of Repetitive Stress Injury Cases,” Association of American Railroads
- “Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases,” Podiatry Insurance Company of America
- Presentation to Illinois Provider Trust/Illinois Risk Management Association Annual Meeting (2008 – present)
News & Events
Quinn Johnston’s Entire Partnership Named as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Practice Areas
Leading Lawyers has announced that 18 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. Sixteen of the lawyers were named Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers registered to practice in Illinois and two were named Emerging Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent. Significantly, every firm partner was named a leading lawyer in their designated areas of practice.
Quinn Johnston Attorneys Named as 2016 Leading Lawyers
Law Bulletin Publishing Company and its Leading Lawyers division has announced that 15 attorneys from the Peoria law firm of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo were named by their peers to the list of the top lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Defense Verdict in Brain-Damaged Baby/Maternal Death Lawsuit
Kevin Miller recently obtained a defense verdict in a two-week medical malpractice claim. At trial, Plaintiff claimed that the doctor was negligent in failing to order a loading dose of magnesium sulfate to prevent eclamptic seizures, and that he failed to perform a perimortem Cesarean section delivery in a timely fashion. Attorney Matt Maddox second-chaired the case.
Physician Not Negligent in Discharging Patient with Chest Pains
In July, Matt Maddox defended an internal medicine specialist practicing primary care. Plaintiff asserted the physician was negligent in discharging a patient from the hospital after determining her chest pains were musculoskelatal, not cardiac. A jury returned a verdict in favor of our client.
News from the Firm – Fall 2012
Quinn Johnston was recently awarded a contract to provide legal services to the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD), effective October 1, 2012. Our attorneys have also recently obtained summary judgment for multiple clients in municipal law and premises liability cases, and the Fourth District Appellate Court recently upheld summary judgment for an insurance company client.
News From the Firm – Summer 2012
Four of Quinn Johnston's attorneys successfully defended a surgeon and a neurosurgeon in two separate medical malpractice jury trials. Jon Stump won a trial related to a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck and farm tractor. John Kamin obtained a defense verdict for an employer in a case involving a trip-and-fall in a parking lot.