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Matthew Tibble handles a wide array of cases for business corporations, institutions, partnerships, firms, and individuals as well as insurance clients. While practicing at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Matthew has had extensive experience on prosecuting and defending as well as trying cases, before both arbitrators, juries and judges, involving a wide range of claims. He also has extensive experience in post-trial practice, including appeals in both the state and federal courts.

Matthew focuses his practice on complex civil litigation involving claims ranging from employment practices to professional liability matters to complex commercial disputes. His practice also includes assessing risk and providing risk management as well as general business advice, including transactional and business succession planning work.

Regarding employment litigation, his experience includes the successful defense and prosecution of non-compete agreements and trade secret litigation. He also handles discrimination and retaliation claims in Illinois administrative agencies as well as the Illinois and federal courts, including claims based on allegations of race, sex, disability, pregnancy and sexual orientation discrimination. Matthew also defends business entities before the Illinois Department of Labor on wage and hour claims as well as lawsuits asserting violations of various civil rights statutes including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his professional liability practice, Matthew represents accountants, attorneys, insurance producers, nursing homes, mortgage producers, real estate agents, licensed property and home inspectors, architects and other business entities and professionals in claims alleging negligence, breach of contract, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, common law and statutory fraud and deceptive business practices. Matthew represents these professionals in Illinois and federal courts as well as various administrative and regulatory agencies.

His commercial litigation experience includes defending and prosecuting the breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud claims as well as class action defense. He also defends and prosecutes claims against corporate directors and officers regarding breach of fiduciary and other corporate duties, including claims filed against condominium board members. Matthew has handled complex product warranty claims, shareholder derivative claims, bank regulatory and enforcement civil actions for his clients. Finally, Matthew is well versed both in successfully bringing and thwarting motions for temporary restraining orders as well as other aspects of emergency motion practice, including motions for a preliminary injunction.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Education from DePaul University. While an undergraduate, Matthew studied the development of the European Union legal system through The Institute of International and European Affairs in Leuven, Belgium.

After teaching for a few years, Matthew returned to school and earned his law degree, cum laude, from the DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, Matthew was selected to represent DePaul University for a course of legal study regarding European Law at the University of Dublin College Law School in Dublin, Ireland.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 2004
  • DePaul University College of Education, B.A. 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

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Professional Experience



Matt Tibble Gives Presentation on Risk Management for Accountants

Pretzel & Stouffer attorney Matthew Tibble recently gave a webinar for continuing education for accountants entitled “Professional Liability Risk Management Beyond Busy Season.” Matt presented with Joseph W. Richardson, CP, CFE, from Harper & Pearson Company, P.C., and Sarah Ference, CPA, from CNA Insurance. The webinar focused on the importance of liability risk beyond the ...

June 2019 | Firm News

Significant Victory in an Accounting Malpractice Case

Jim Sipchen and Matthew Tibble obtained a very significant victory in an accounting malpractice case, convincing the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, to uphold a dismissal based upon the statute of limitations. The case is the first to distinguish a situation where an accountant negligently fails to file a tax return by its due date from one ...

January 2014 | Firm News

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Action

Robert Marc Chemers and Adrian Rohrer secured a victory in the Illinois Appellate Court when the Court affirmed the dismissal of all claims of defamation and civil conspiracy against a former board member of a large Chicago non-profit organization. The appellate court issued its 31 pages published opinion relying solely on the strength of the briefs and without ...

February 2013 | Firm News

Attorneys Win Dismissal In Accounting Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partner, Jim Sipchen and Matt Tibble recently secured a dismissal of a third-party complaint brought by an attorney and her law firm against a Chicago-based accounting firm and an individual accountant alleging accounting malpractice. The attorney, who had been sued for legal malpractice, had attempted to blame the accountants for a missed deadline for the filing ...

September 2012 | Firm News


Victory for Trustee In Litigation Over Asset Distribution from Multi-Million Dollar Trust

Jim Sipchen, John Scheid, Matt Tibble, and Kelly Franklin recently secured a victory in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a trustee of a multi-million-dollar trust in a dispute involving distributions made to the trust beneficiaries. A beneficiary had challenged the trustee’s distributions claiming that he was underpaid, ...

February 2024

Summary Judgment Obtained on Behalf of Logistics Company in Premises Liability Suit

Matthew Tibble and Alex Beehler obtained summary judgment on behalf of a logistics company accused of negligence in a lawsuit where the plaintiff sought to recover for injuries allegedly sustained after falling. The logistics company faced two counts alleging negligence. One count alleged respondeat superior liability on the theory that employees of the logistics company created a defective ...

October 2021