Matthew Hector

Chicago attorney Matthew Hector represents consumers. He defends consumers whose homes are in foreclosure, assists them with reorganizing or eliminating their debts under the United States Bankruptcy Code, and pursues debt collectors, creditors, and credit reporting agencies under both federal and state law.

Mr. Hector represents parties in residential and commercial real estate transactions. He also represents business owners, helping them navigate the trademark process, drafting corporate formation documents, drafting and reviewing contracts, licensing agreements, and non-disclosure/non-competition agreements. He has litigated trade secret disputes and helped protect the interests of the businesses that he has represented.

Mr. Hector has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District.

Mr. Hector has been described as a “true believer.” He has focused his career on helping the 99% achieve and succeed despite the system. His life experiences led him to law; the pursuit of justice keeps him there.

He currently writes the LawPulse column for the Illinois Bar Journal.


The John Marshall Law School, LLM in IT & Privacy Law with honors, 2007

The John Marshall Law School, JD cum laude, 2004

University of Alabama, BA in English & German with honors, 1998

Achievements and Awards

Illinois SuperLawyers, Rising Star, Consumer Law 2011-2016

Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review 2003-04

University of Alabama Honors College 1994-1998

Member of the Mallet Assembly 1994 – present


Illinois Bar Journal, August 2014 to present, author of monthly LawPulse column. Articles available at (Last visited 7/26/16)

Consumer Defense: A Tactical Guide To Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, and Creditor Harassment: The Luxury of the Informed, M. Hector, A. Sulaiman, ISBN 1475267347 (September 27, 2012).

 The Twenty-Sixth Annual  John Marshall International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology And Privacy Law October 18-20, 2007: Bench Memorandum, Reis, Sorkin, Kelali, Diehl, Encinas, Hector, Spada, Tseng, Venkat, 25 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 305 (Spring 2008)(Contributing Author).

Kevin Mitnick Knows Your Greatest Weakness, American Bar Association Section of Technology for the Litigator, Gavels and Gears Winter 2006-07.

Protecting Your Personal Privacy: A Self-Help Guide for Judges and Their Families, Chicago Bar Association and The John Marshall Law School Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, Leslie Ann Reis, editor and principal author (Contributing Author) Fall 2006.

The Twenty-Fifth Annual John Marshall International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology And Privacy Law October 26-28, 2006: Bench Memorandum, Sorkin, Benitez-Morgan, Carter, Greubel, Hector, Keaty, Rodriguez, 24 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 673 (Summer 2006)(Contributing Author).

Contracts – A Brief Overview, A Business & Legal Primer for Game Development, G. Boyd, B. Green, et. al., Charles River Media; 1 edition (November 30, 2006), ISBN 1584504927(Contributing Author).

 iMob, The Escapist Magazine, available at: (last visited 15 December 2009).

For The Children!  A Critique of the Illinois Safe Game Act, The Escapist Magazine, available at: (last visited 15 December 2009).

Book Review, Do We Really Have No Place to Hide?, 24 John Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 35 (Fall 2005).

Comment, Privacy to Be Patched In Later – An Examination of  the Decline of Privacy Rights, 36 J. Marshall L. Rev. 985 (Summer 2003).


Lasker, Adam, Lawpulse, New Supreme Court Rules Promote Foreclosure Mediation, Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 101, Number 4, Page 170 (April 2013) available at (last visited May 21, 2013).

WGN-TV News, How to Avoid Zombie Mortgages, Air Date: April 15, 2013 available at (last visited May 21, 2013).