Representative Matters

Matthew Novaria represents insurers in complex coverage matters and litigation in state and federal forums nationwide, focusing on claims arising under general liability, excess and umbrella liability, employer's liability, and D&O insurance policies. He has extensive experience analyzing complex issues arising out of catastrophic losses, including mass shootings, environmental contamination at EPA Superfund sites, class actions alleging defective or dangerous products, and constitutional and civil rights claims. Matt also helps insurers navigate the claims-handling process, finding creative ways to minimize exposure and avoid bad faith and extra contractual liability. 

Before joining Hinshaw, Matt furthered his insurance and complex litigation experience with a Chicago-based firm. He also worked for a national law firm, evaluating healthcare industry risks—including medical malpractice and employment-related exposures—for London and Bermuda market insurers.

During law school, Matt was a legal intern for the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Park District. During his tenure, he focused on tort, employment, and property disputes. He also interned for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

As a student, Matt was involved in a number of activities and associations. An active member of the DePaul Law Review, he also served as the publication's managing editor.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Former Member
    • Young Lawyers Section
      • Insurance Coverage Committee, Co-Chair, 2016 – 2019
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Professional
    • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2020
  • Academic
    • DePaul University College of Law
      • Order of the Coif

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in securing favorable summary judgment and appellate rulings before the Western District of Oklahoma and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for an excess liability insurer in a case involving permissive use of a "covered auto."
  • Represented mining industry insurer in case involving alleged property damage at a mine in West Virginia.
  • Represented London and Bermuda market insurers in complex claims administration matters arising out of defective pharmaceutical product claims.
  • Represented professional liability insurers in claims-administration and coverage matters arising out high-exposure medical malpractice claims.
  • Assisted pollution liability carrier in resolving coverage dispute related to environmental Superfund site in California.
  • Assisted in securing favorable summary judgment ruling before the Northern District of California for an excess liability insurer in a case involving the number of "occurrences."
  • Assisted in securing favorable summary judgment ruling before the District Court of Wyoming for an oil-and-gas industry insurer in a case alleging bad-faith damages.
  • Secured favorable summary judgment and appellate rulings for excess insurer in Michigan in case involving late notice.


  • "Liability Insurance Coverage for Defective Food Product Claims – An Overview," Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Insurance Coverage Committee, Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 2017


  • Co-Author, "Insurance Considerations For Mass-Shooting Litigation," Law360, April 23, 2018
  • Co-Author, "Knowledge May Be Power – Knowing the Violation of Rights Exclusion and the Duty to Defend 'Personal and Advertising Injury' Claims," DRI's Covered Events, July 2016


Matt and his wife live in Minneapolis where they love to try new restaurants and coffee shops, and explore lakes and parks. Matt plays several instruments and writes and produces music. When he's not practicing law, you might find him in the studio recording his next album. 

J.D., magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2014

B.A., cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2011