David A. Nilles



Phone Number: 312-750-1215, ext. 3002

Email: DANilles@matushek.com

Achieved the highest rating "AV-Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)" from his peers, as published by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.


David A. Nilles is a founding partner of Matushek Nilles LLC and has achieved the highest rating "AV-Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)" from his peers, as published by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  Dave has more than 27 years legal experience, handling civil jury trials and appeals.

Legal Experience: Mr. Nilles has successfully tried several matters to verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County. He has significant background in the defense of medical malpractice claims, representing physicians from virtually every area of practice specialty, providing him with the ability to effectively deal with complicated issues of medical causation in questionable personal injury cases. He has defended clients in cases involving product liability, aviation law and air crashes, nursing home negligence, construction liability, asbestos personal injury and other casualty claims.

Dave Nilles has frequently obtained summary judgments on behalf of construction contractors, physicians, product manufacturers and distributors, professional corporations and property owners in cases involving serious injury and wrongful death. Where the interests of both the insured and insurer have so dictated, he has quickly obtained diminutive settlements in a cost-effective manner.

Mr. Nilles was involved in reaching successful appellate results in Sanke v. Bechina, 216 Ill.App.3d 962 (2nd Dist. 1991) (first case in Illinois to definitively extend potential liability to a passenger in Illinois based on concert of action in an automobile setting) and in Green v. Heron, 263 Ill.App.3d 602 (1st Dist. 1994) (dismissal of a physician with prejudice based on the plaintiff's failure to procure timely service of process under Supreme Court Rule 103(b)).

Professional Memberships: Mr. Nilles is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.

Professional Awards:  2018 Martindale-Hubbell: Rated AV-Preeminent (5.0 out of 5).

Publications and Lectures: Mr. Nilles is a co-author of the chapter entitled "New Parties" in the treatise Illinois Civil Practice, 2009, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He also co-authored "No Vested Right to Nursing Home Treble Damages," published in the Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly, Vol. 9, 1999. He was also a lecturer at the Illinois Defense Counsel seminar on Professional Liability Coverages and Defenses.

Education: Mr. Nilles completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in 1986, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He received his Juris Doctor in 1989 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Admitted to Practice: Mr. Nilles is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in cases in Indiana and Wisconsin.