Matthew Stromquist


Matt has been representing clients in complex commercial litigation and class actions for over a decade. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts around the country, and prides himself on successfully preserving wins on appeal. He also speaks extensively at industry conferences and events, and is frequently quoted in the media on current consumer financial services issues.

Matt’s love of music, culture and travel has taken him on some interesting adventures. He spent a summer working for a NGO outside Cape Town, South Africa, where he counseled rural farm laborers on their rights under the new Constitution. He won a Fulbright Fellowship to study itinerant, goat-herding folk musicians in the Himalayan foothills. He has also worked in Kenya and India, and learned multiple languages. But today he enjoys a less nomadic lifestyle, skiing, biking and sand-castle building with his family in Evanston.




Moderator, “Preparing to Try a Consumer Case: Considerations, Strategies, and Pitfalls,” ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee 2020 Winter Meeting, Tucson, AZ | January 19, 2020

Speaker, "Consumer Communications in a Fintech World," ACA International Annual Convention, San Diego, CA | July 16, 2019

Speaker, "Emerging Compliance Challenges and Litigation Risks in Debt Collection," Conference on Consumer Finance Law, Chicago, IL | May 30, 2019

Moderator, “Emerging Trends and Developments in Class Action Litigation,” ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee 2019 Winter Meeting, Miami, FL | January 12, 2019

Speaker, "Introduction to UDAAP," ABA National Institute on Consumer Financial Services Basics, Chicago, IL | October 12, 2018

Moderator, "Consumer Finance Basics in the U.S. and Canada: A Comparative Perspective," American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Park City, UT | January 8, 2018

Speaker, “TCPA Challenges Impacting the Residential Mortgage Industry,” ACI’s 24th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Regulatory Enforcement & Litigation, Dallas, TX | September 26, 2017

Speaker, "Spotlight on Fair Debt Collection Practices: Strategies for Ensuring Compliance and Avoiding Liability," ACI's 6th Bank and Non-Bank Forum on Mortgage Servicing Compliance, Washington, DC | November 30, 2016

Speaker, "The 2015-2016 Supreme Court Term and Consumer Financial Services: An Overview," Chicago Bar Association, Consumer Credit Committee | October 5, 2016

Speaker, "Building Financial Stability," Midtown Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL | April 9, 2016

Speaker, "Cleaning Up Your Credit," Chicago Public Library "Law at the Library" Series (pro bono) | January 14, 2016

Moderator, "The Borrower’s Perspective: Insights From the Plaintiff’s Bar and Consumer Advocates," ACI's 18th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement, Dallas, TX | September 18, 2015


“Class Action Developments,” __ Bus. Lawyer ___ (2020) (forthcoming)

"UDAAP’s 'Unfairness' Prong," Chapter, ABA Treatise on Consumer Financial Services (forthcoming)

"Personal Jurisdiction and Nationwide Class Actions After Bristol-Myers Squibb," __ Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. __ (2020) (forthcoming)

"Class Action Developments," 74 Bus. Lawyer 561 (2019)

"Will HMDA data carve-out for small banks make discrimination easier?" American Banker, March 13, 2018 (quoted)

"It’s OCC vs. CFPB in Tug of War Over Arbitration Rule," American Banker, July 19, 2017 (quoted)

"The High Court Speaks on Standing, Mootness, Arbitration, and Representative Evidence," 72 Bus. Lawyer 567 (2017)

"How Banks Are Trying to Contain Cost of CFPB's Arbitration Plan," American Banker, June 30, 2016 (quoted)

"CFPB's Motivation In Banning Class Actions Called Into Question," Forbes, May 24, 2016 (quoted)

"Is Foreclosing on a Security Interest Collection of a Debt? Perspectives on the Application of the FDCPA," Business Law Today, April 2014


American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee (Vice Chair, Litigation and Arbitration Subcommittee, 2018-2022; Vice Chair, International Task Force, 2016-2018)

Mortgage Bankers Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Receivables Management Association

ACA International, Members Attorney Program

Illinois Bankers Association


Contact Matt

(312) 361-3457 DIRECT

(312) 939-0983 FAX

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Did You Know

Matt plays mandolin and keyboard in the rock n' roll band Highplanes.

In law school, Matt was an editor for the Iowa Law Review, and recipient of the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award.

Matt appeared as an extra in a Bollywood film—and received film credit as "Waiter #1."

He clerked for the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Matt sits on the board of Hoshyar Foundation, a charity that funds and promotes the education of girls in Pakistan.


The University of Iowa College of LawJ.D., with highest distinction (2007)

Haverford CollegeB.A. (1998)


State of Illinois

State of California

State of Colorado

State of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, S.D. Indiana

U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan

U.S. District Court, W.D. Michigan

U.S. District Court, E.D. Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, W.D. Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, D. Minnesota

U.S. Distict Court, D. Colorado

U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas

U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas