Matthew J. Cleveland

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Practice Areas

Labor and Employment
Health Care
Nonprofit Organizations
Real Estate
Construction, Physical Plant and Environmental

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Matthew J. Cleveland joined Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose in 1998 and has developed a diverse practice focusing on labor and employment in the construction industry, as well as the public sector. He has experience in complex labor negotiations, including having participated in securing an unprecedented 10 year collective bargaining agreement with the City of Chicago and various trade unions.  Mr. Cleveland has also participated in proceedings before Federal, State and Local courts and forums, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitrations.  Mr. Cleveland has also represented physicians and hospitals, and works on both commercial and residential real estate matters.

More about Matthew Cleveland

Since joining HMBR, Mr. Cleveland has been directly engaged in collective bargaining, grievance and dispute resolution, contract enforcement, wage and hour disputes, trust fund issues, including collection of delinquent contributions, and fiduciary issues in the labor industry. Mr. Cleveland has represented clients in Arbitrations, as well as in hearings and matters before the National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Public Labor Relations Board, the City of Chicago Human Resources Board, as well as other state and local governmental agencies. Additionally, Mr. Cleveland has worked with clients regarding employment practices and discrimination, including advising clients on matters related to Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Chicago Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Cleveland has worked on federal cases in the Northern District of Illinois covering a broad range of legal issues, and regularly conducts business before the Circuit Courts of Cook County, as well as the collar county courts.

Mr. Cleveland has also developed and refined his healthcare practice, particularly related to representing physicians completing their residency programs, recruitment and employment agreements, as well as working with hospital board of directors and medical staff issues. Mr. Cleveland's healthcare practice also involves review of facility compliance with government regulations and complex real estate transactions. Mr. Cleveland represents a number of health care related not-for-profit and charitable organizations, in addition to individual physicians and start up medical practices.

Mr. Cleveland is the President of the Beverly Area Planning Association, which is a not-for-profit, community-based alliance of more than a dozen civic and business groups dedicated to serving the historic Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago. Mr. Cleveland also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Loretto Hospital Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization established to aid and assist Loretto Hospital in providing essential equipment, services and programs to the Austin community located in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to joining HMBR, Mr. Cleveland worked as a law clerk for the Office of Legal Affairs for Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center where he gained valuable experience on a variety of in-house legal issues in the health care industry. He was also a legal intern for the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr., of the United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois.

Professional Memberships/Activities

Mr. Cleveland is a Contributing Editor to the Developing Labor Law, published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and assisted in the preparation of the 2013 Cumulative Supplement. Since 2006, he has assisted in the preparation of Chapter 24, Jurisdictional Disputes and "Featherbedding."

He serves on the adjunct faculty at The John Marshall Law School, where he teaches legal writing and an appellate advocacy and drafting course to first and second year law students. He is also in the process of developing legal drafting courses specifically related to labor and employment. Mr. Cleveland uses his teaching experiences to provide education seminars to medical staffs on current developments in health care, as well as labor unions on topics such as the responsibilities of union stewards and job referral rules.

Mr. Cleveland's professional memberships include the American Health Lawyers Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Chicago Bar, Illinois State Bar and American Bar Associations.


Mr. Cleveland recently presented his paper on "Confidentiality and Disclosure of Witness Statements" to the Mid-Winter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA; and also moderated an American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Webinar comprised of four other panelists regarding Workplace Investigations: an Update and Best Practices.

Mr. Cleveland co-authored an article for the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law soon to be published (Spring 2014) entitled "Disclosure of Witness Statements in Workplace Investigations: The National Labor Relation's Board New Test and Resulting Challenges for the Parties."

Mr. Cleveland published an article in The John Marshall Law Review entitled "Title VII and Negative Job References: Employees Find Safe Harbor in Robinson v. Shell Oil Company."

Mr. Cleveland presented to a group of 100+ physicians from Puerto Rico on Anti-Trust Issues in Healthcare. Mr. Cleveland presented to a group of 30 labor attorneys regarding Electronic Discovery Issues.


Illinois (1998)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


The John Marshall Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1998)

University of Puget Sound (B.A., English, 1994)