Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff


Matthew Ponzi

A founding partner of the firm, Matthew S. Ponzi concentrates his practice in insurance coverage and commercial litigation.  His expertise is in the analysis and litigation of commercial property, liability, and reinsurance claims.  Mr. Ponzi is also an experienced trial lawyer. He has tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout the country.  Among Mr. Ponzi’s trial successes are a defense verdict for his excess insurer clients on a claim seeking more than $400 million to repair Northridge earthquake damage to prominent municipal buildings owned by the County of Los Angeles (County of Los Angeles v. Aetna, et. al., Orange County, California Superior Court) and the  complete defense of a $36 million dollar business interruption claim arising from the flooding of downtown  Cedar  Rapids , Iowa (Penford Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 662 F.3d 497 (8th Cir. 2011)).


Mr. Ponzi earned his B.A. degree in History from DePauw University in 1985 and his J.D. degree from The National Law Center of The George Washington University in 1988.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Ponzi is authorized to practice law in Illinois and in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Northern District of New York, Eastern District of Texas, District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits.  He has also represented clients in matters pending in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Professional Associations

Mr. Ponzi is a member of the American Bar Association, including the practice sections for Tort and Insurance, Excess and Surplus Lines, and Reinsurance. He is also an associate member of the Loss Executives Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he served as chair of the Property Insurance Committee.

Cited Cases

James McHugh Construction Co. v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America — F.Supp.3d —-2016 WL 7374523 (D. Md.); Queensridge Towers, LLC v. Allianz Global Risks US Ins. Co., 2014 WL 496952 (D. Nev. Feb. 4, 2014) affirmed — Fed.Appx. —-2016 WL 7384054 (9th Cir. 2016); Milhouse v. Travelers Commercial Ins. Co., 982 F. Supp. 2d 1088 (C.D. Cal. 2013) affirmed 641 Fed.Appx. 714 (9th Cir. 2016); Bituminous Cas. Co. v. Plano Molding Co., 2015 IL App (2d) 140292, 33 N.E.3d 658, 392 Ill.Dec. 857¬†(2015); Thomson Inc. v. Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2014 WL 2772834 (Ind. Ct. App. June 19, 2014); Wallis v. Levine, 2013 WL 53896 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 2, 2013) aff’d, 13-1594, 2013 WL 5345502 (7th Cir. June 11, 2013) cert. denied, 134 S. Ct. 1759, 188 L. Ed. 2d 596 (U.S. 2014); Howard Indus., Inc. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 978445 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 12, 2014); Baillie Lumber Co., L.P. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2013 WL 5211470 (W.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2013); Wallis v. Card Servs. Int’l, Inc., 2012 WL 1866374 (N.D. Ill. May 22, 2012); Seventy-Six, LLC v. Essex Ins. Co., 2011 WL 4352775 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 16, 2011); Penford Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 662 F.3d 497 (8th Cir. 2011); Am. Motorists Ins. Co. v. Thomson Inc., 2011 WL 3806121 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 29, 2011); Quality Mech. Contractors, LLC v. Am. Home Assur. Co., 2011 WL 3678803 (D. Nev. Aug. 22, 2011); LeBlanc v. Travelers Home & Marine Ins. Co., 2011 WL 2748616 (W.D. Okla. July 13, 2011); W. Howard Corp. v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2011 WL 2582353 (N.D. Ill. June 29, 2011); Cnty. of Los Angeles v. New York Marine, 2011 WL 1195939 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 30, 2011); NDK Crystal, Inc. v. Nipponkoa Ins. Co., Ltd., 2011 WL 43093 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 4, 2011); City of Chicago v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 2010 WL 3516066 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 1, 2010); Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Marion T, LLC, 2010 WL 1936165 (S.D. Ind. May 12, 2010); Kmart Corp. v. XL Ins. Am., Inc., 2010 WL 367676 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 3, 2010); Bernbaum v. Standard Fire, 2009 WL 458615 (N.D. Ill.) (Illinois law); Cincinnati Gas & Elec. Co. v. Harford Steam Boiler Inspection and Ins. Co., 2008 WL 1733115 (S.D. Ohio Apr. 10, 2008); Sports Arena Management Inc. v. Great American Ins. Co., 2007 WL 684003 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (Illinois law); Pure Tech Systems v. Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, 95 Fed Appx. 132 (6th Cir. 2004) (applying Ohio law); Detroit Water Team Joint Venture v. Agricultural Insurance Company 371 F.3rd 336 (6th Cir. 2004) (applying Michigan law); Port Authority of New York and New Jersey v. Affiliated FM et al., 311 F.3d 226 (3rd Cir. 2002) (applying New Jersey law); Lexington Insurance Company v. Travelers Indemnity Company of Illinois, 21 Fed.Appx.585, 2001 WL 1132677 (9th Cir. 2001) (applying California law); Lambros Douskos v. Eden Park Insurance Company 2001 WL699092 (W.D.Tex. 2001); United Fire & Casualty Co., et al. v. Arkwright Mutual Insurance Co., 53 F. Supp. 2d 632 (S.D. N.Y. 1999).



Mr. Ponzi co-authored the article, “Pollution Coverage-New ISO Forms & Insured Events,” published in the ABA Environmental Claims & Property Insurance Coverage Manual; served as regional editor for the First Supplement of Bad Faith & Punitive Damages: Annotations to First-Party Insurance Cases, Statutes & Regulations, published by the American Bar Association; and authored the article, “Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims” published in the Illinois Bar Journal. ¬†He is also a frequent lecturer on insurance-related topics.


Mr. Ponzi earned the Illinois ‚ÄúSuper Lawyer‚ÄĚ designation from 2005 through 2018, as awarded by Law & Politics, based on nomination, evaluation of professional achievements, and selection by a panel of attorneys in the applicable practice area.¬† Only 5% of the total attorneys in each state receive the Super Lawyers designation.

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