Matthew R. Chapman

Matthew R. Chapman

Granite City, Illinois

Mr. Chapman joined Becker, Schroader & Chapman in 2001 after two years of practicing commercial litigation for a national law firm in St. Louis, Missouri.  Mr. Chapman handles personal injury and workers' compensation cases, including industrial and construction accidents, automobile and transportation cases, maritime and deckhand injuries, products liability and premises liability cases, healthcare negligence injuries, and toxic exposure cases.  Mr. Chapman has won jury trials in both Missouri and Illinois, and is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In addition, Mr. Chapman has successfully represented labor unions in disputes with management over just cause terminations and rights to unemployment compensation.  Mr. Chapman also serves as legal counsel to the Chouteau, Nameoki, and Venice Drainage and Levee District.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Chapman served for six years as a munitions systems specialist in the Illinois Air National Guard, 183rd Tactical Fighter Group, based in Springfield, Illinois. 


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1999
  • Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 1999
    • Law Review: Saint Louis University Law Review
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Past Employment Positions

  • Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Associate, 1999 - 2001