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Chicago, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Medical & Dental Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
  • Trucking & Transportation


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, with a concentration in sport management, 2010


  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Practice Description

Matthew H. Brandabur focuses his practice on the litigation of professional and general liability cases. Prior to joining HeplerBroom, he practiced in the Northwest Indiana office of a Chicago civil defense litigation firm.

Previously, Mr. Brandabur served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Rudy Lozano and the Honorable Judge Andrew Rodovich, both of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and for the Honorable Judge John Pera of the Lake County (Indiana) Superior Court.

Professional Association Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Lake County (Indiana) Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
    • Emerging Lawyer (2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Heritage Law Scholarship
  • Jack Hiller Endowment
  • Valparaiso University Law Review
    • Executive Board
    • Executive Editor, Symposia and Lectures
      • Developed the Law Review-sponsored Symposium honoring the retirement of Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard

Published Legal Writing

  • “Discrimination in the Medical Profession—Unfortunately, It’s a Two-Way Street,” Physician Connection, Issue 4 (Dec. 15, 2018). (Co-author)
  • “Until Death Do Us Part … The Impact of a Plaintiff’s Death During Litigation,” IDC Quarterly, Vol 28, No. 3 (2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom Partner Tammara E. Banasek)
  • “Getting Back to Our Roots: Increasing the Age of Child Support Termination to Twenty-One” 47 Valparaiso University Law Review 169 (Fall 2012)

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Secured complete defense verdict for client, general dentist. A 19-year-old plaintiff sustained permanent bilateral lingual nerve injury after extraction of wisdom teeth. Asked for $900,000 at close of jury trial. Verdict for defendant. (DuPage County, February 2018)
  • Secured complete defense victory for client, a periodontist. Plaintiff alleged dental implant was placed too close to inferior alveolar nerve in lower right jaw and caused permanent pain and numbness to lip and chin. Plaintiff asked for $2.3 million in damages. Verdict for Defendant. (Cook County, January 2018)