Pappas O'Connor P.C.

Matthew P. Pappas

Matthew P. Pappas


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Matt is a principal of Pappas O’Connor P.C.  He is a recognized professional who is awarded the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics.


Management labor, employment matters and litigation


Private and public sector clients including local and national corporations, colleges and school districts, hospitals, medical corporations, and banks


  • Litigating complex employment disputes, including class actions in federal and state courts
  • Guiding Public entities through the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act
  • Designing and drafting complex executive compensation and severance packages
  • Establishing client employment policies and procedures
  • Conducting compliance reviews and assisting;in preparation of employee handbooks and other materials
  • Negotiating collective bargaining issues
  • Assisting clients on hiring, reduction in force, plant closures, noncompetes, and trade secret matters
  • Advising employers concerning labor relations
  • Counseling and representation in litigation regarding federal, state and local statutes and regulations
  • Training including Corporate Governance, violence in the workplace, harassment, Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act

Bar Admissions

State Courts

  • Illinois
  • Iowa

Federal Courts

  • United States Court of Appeal for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


  • Valparaiso University (J.D.)
  • University of Illinois (B.A.)

Bar Associations


  • Rock Island County (Illinois)
  • Scott County (Iowa)
  • Illinois Bar Association
    • Section Council: Labor and Employment Law (1995-1998)
    • Member: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Iowa Bar Association
    • Member: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Member: Labor and Employment Law and Litigation sections
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member : 7th Circuit; Labor and Employment Law Sections

Labor & Employment Organizations

  • American Employment Law Council
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Management Labor and Employment Roundtable
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
    • Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association
    • Iowa Public Employer Labor Relations Association


  • Great River Human Resource Association 1994 to Present
    • President 1998
    • Vice President 1997
    • Treasurer 1996
    • Legislative Chair 1999-2000
    • Illinois Legislative Chair 2003
  • Society for Human Resource Management 1994 to Present
    • Member, Iowa State Council 1998

Civic Activities

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation - Board of Directors 2017 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley - Board of Directors 2014 - Present
    • Vice-President 2017
  • The Center for Active Seniors - Board of Directors 2017- Present
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Illinois - Board of Directors 1991-1994
  • Development Association of Rock Island
    • Executive Committee, Development Association of Rock Island 1999-2007
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center - Board of Directors 1999-2014
  • Rock Island Youth Football - Coach 1994-1997
  • St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    • Board Member 1995-2004
    • Board Vice-President 1998
    • Board President 1999-2001
  • United States War College - Certificate of Leader Development - 2014
  • United Way of the Quad Cities Area - Board of Directors 2006-2008
  • USO of Illinois - Rock Island Advisory Committee 2014 - present

Contract Advisor

  • National Football League Players Association 1989-1995

Quad Cities Office

1617 Second Avenue
Suite 300
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

(309) 788-7110
(309) 788-2773

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Alert: Summer 2018 Labor and Employment Update

Justice Kennedy's retirement will create ideological consequences, but what about in the Labor and Employment arena? How have the recent Supreme Court decisions - Janus & Epic changed the landscape in employment law? Has the NLRB changed its tune regarding handbook policies? These questions and more are in Pappas & O’Connor’s 2018 Summer Labor & Employment Update.

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Chicago Office

900 West Jackson Boulevard
Six West
Chicago, Illinois 60607

(312) 421-5960
(312) 421-5310

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