FASS CLE - Matthew Thomas Dattilo (JD '08)

Friday, April 11, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

John Rogers Hall, Price and Turpen Courtroom. Registration is preferred.

Matthew Thomas Dattilo (JD '08)
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
MAC One Midway, LLC, Premier Restaurant Group
Chicago, Illinois

Of the People, By the People, For the People: The Basics of Government Contracts

Faculty & Alumni Showcase Series
TU College of Law provides the legal community with one hour of CLE credit at no cost.  All lectures take place at noon in the Price and Turpen Courtroom at John Rogers Hall.

About Matthew Thomas Dattilo
Matthew Thomas Dattilo serves as general counsel and corporate secretary for Premier Restaurant Group, a diversified provider of food and beverage services based in Chicago, Illinois. Premier’s portfolio of companies includes operations in airport concessions, catering, vending and correctional foodservices. MAC One, Premier’s core operating entity, is the largest provider of foodservice at Chicago’s Midway International Airport with sixteen restaurants and bars and over 350-employees serving nearly 19-million travelers per year. MAC One’s brands include Chicago icons Harry Caray’s, Manny’s Deli, Miller’s Pub, and Tuscany Café.

When he joined the company in 2009, Mr. Dattilo was charged with building a corporate legal function from scratch. As Premier’s first chief legal officer, he provides day-to-day legal counsel and assists with the strategic position of the company. He is responsible for all litigation, contract, intellectual property, corporate governance, risk management, and government relations matters. Mr. Dattilo has overseen the public contracting process on behalf of the company in three states at city, county and state levels including the successful defense of a bid protest. No stranger to the court room, in 2012, Mr. Dattilo argued a successful challenge to Cook County’s real estate taxation scheme of licensed property at Chicago’s airports resulting in significant changes to city concession contracts as well as county taxing procedures at both Midway and O’Hare International Airport, the nation’s second busiest. In addition to his corporate duties, Mr. Dattilo has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services to Premier team members who otherwise cannot afford an attorney.

During law school, Mr. Dattilo clerked in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General where he defended state administrative agencies and prosecuted antitrust and deceptive business practice suits. In 2007, he was named a Janet D. Steiger Fellow by the American Bar Association. He also worked in the general counsel’s office of the publicly traded RehabCare Group, Inc. (NYSE: RHB). Prior to law school, Mr. Dattilo clerked for the chief tax counsel of the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means, and served as an aide for policy and strategic planning to the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky.

Today, Mr. Dattilo sits on the board of the Loyola University Museum of Art and on the associate board of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, both in Chicago. He is among the youngest members of the Economic Club of Chicago and also enjoys memberships in the General Counsel Forum, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and the Justinian Society of Italian Lawyers.

Mr. Dattilo is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Kentucky. In 2012, he was admitted by Chief Justice Roberts to practice before the US Supreme Court alongside his father, Thomas M. Dattilo, a 45-year veteran litigator. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Tulsa and a bachelor of science from Indiana University. During law school, he also attended Loyola University Chicago as a visiting student, earning a special commendation from the school’s Council of Regents.

Mr. Dattilo is routinely quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin concerning matters related to in-house counsel, and was featured in the July 2012 edition of Chicago Lawyer magazine as one of Chicago’s most stylishly dressed attorneys.

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