MATTHEW G. GORSKI
Associate
Chicago, IL
P: 312.782.9920
F: 312.782.9965
mggorski@kopkalaw.com

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Matthew G. Gorski primarily focuses his practice on workers’ compensation and civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Kopka Pinkus Dolin, Matt practiced at another workers’ compensation and civil litigation defense firm where he handled matters on behalf of staffing agencies, transportation companies, school districts, hospitals, municipalities, construction companies, hardware stores, and insurance companies. Matt uses aggressive litigation tactics to obtain favorable settlements and trial awards for his clients. He values a “team environment” with his clients for the most beneficial outcome in litigation.

Matt has experience on both sides of the table. While in law school, he was a clerk at two different law firms representing plaintiffs/petitioners in personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. He worked closely on a trial that rendered the largest personal injury verdict in Illinois history and the second largest in US history. It involved an ironworker who sustained a serious spinal cord injury leaving him a quadriplegic. Also in law school, Matthew earned the CALI Award in complex litigation.

Matt was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. Matt currently resides in Chicago with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and following the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, and University of Illinois sports.

TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS

  • In a recent case, Matt successfully defended a manufacturing company in a repetitive trauma case alleging bilateral carpal tunnel, bilateral cubital tunnel, right thumb basilar joint arthritis, and left ulnar nerve neuropathy injuries. At trial, Matt was able to prove the bilateral cubital tunnel, right thumb basilar joint arthritis, and left ulnar nerve neuropathy injuries were unrelated to the Petitioner’s work duties. The Petitioner appealed this decision to the Commission level of the IWCC, and Matt successfully argued for an affirmed decision. In addition, he has obtained successful fully disputed settlements at nuisance values, as well as, obtained dismissals for his clients by effectively arguing motions to dismiss prior to trial.
  • Matt recently obtained a trial victory on a case wherein the Petitioner alleged a serious wrist injury requiring a surgery and possible fusion recommendation. We maintained that he was that he was not an employee, but an independent contractor; therefore WC benefits should not be awarded.  We faced exposure up to $100,000.00 in WC benefits for PPD, TTD, and medical expenses.  The Arbitrator found in favor of the defense, and denied the claim in its entirety finding the Petitioner was an independent contractor.

MEMBERSHIPS

Chicago Bar Association
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

ADMISSIONS
Illinois
U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois

EDUCATION
The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, B.A.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Volunteer for the Special Olympics