Matthew R. Gallagher founded the firm of Gallagher & Niemeyer, LLC in 2000. He concentrates his practice representing real estate developers and individual home buyers and sellers in Chicago, as well as small and medium sized condominium association boards. Matt has represented hundreds of individual home buyers and sellers and dozens of small-to-medium size real estate developers. He also practices estate planning law and represents persons appearing before Chicago’s Department of Administrative Hearings. Prior to founding Gallagher & Niemeyer, LLC, he was a partner and trial lawyer at Gallagher & Petrak, Ltd. for eight years, where he represented injured persons and workers injured on the job. For fifteen years, he worked as an attorney at CARPLS, Cook County’s legal aid hotline, providing legal advice to low-income people throughout Cook County, Illinois in a wide variety of subject areas.
Matt graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 with honor, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Government & International Studies with a concentration in philosophy, politics and economics. He received his JD cum laude in 1993 from the DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, he was on the law review and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif, an honorary society. In 2012, Matt completed the Penn State University Certificate Program in Weather Forecasting.
Matt lives in Chicago with his wife and two children and is an active racing and cruising sailor. He is the chairman of the US Offshore Committee of US Sailing, as well as a member of the Governing Committee for the Storm Trysail Club. Previously, Matt served as a Chairman of the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac, one of the longest fresh-water sailing races in the world, for it’s 106th and 107th runnings in 2014 and 2015. He also served on CYC’s board of directors and chair of the junior sailing program as well as numerous other committees at the Club. He is a past member of the board of directors of the US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA).
Matt is a member of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyer’s Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar Association. Matt is the past President of the board of directors of CASA of Cook County and a member of the associate board of CARPLS. Matt is a member of the bar of Illinois; the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court.