Matthew DiCianni


Matthew focuses his practice on a wide range of labor and employment matters in both state and federal court, including violations of the FLSA, breach of non-compete agreements, employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. He counsels clients on wage and hour issues, the recent changes to the FLSA regulations, and compliance with the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Matthew counsels private-sector employers on employee benefits issues, including the Affordable Care Act and ERISA. He counsels public-sector employers on their duties under state pension statutes, including the contributions that they must make to the IMRF, TRS, and police and fire pension funds.

Matthew represents BIPA defendants in multiple class actions, including BIPA actions against hospitals raising unique defenses and exclusions under BIPA’s health care exclusion. He also defends clients facing lawsuits that allege both BIPA claims and employment-related claims. 

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew was a labor and employment associate at an Illinois based law firm.

Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from University of Illinois and his law degree from University of Notre Dame School of Law. While in law school, Matthew was a senior articles editor of the Journal of Legislation, in Moot Court and Intensive Trial Advocacy. He was a legal extern for the Office of Justice Donald Hudson, 2nd District Appellate Court and an intern for the Office of Senator Richard G. Lugar in Washington, D.C. Before starting law school and his law career, Matthew was a English teacher to grade school students in Seoul, South Korea and high school students in Comayagua, Honduras. Matthew is fluent in Spanish.



Illinois Laid the Foundation for the Rest of My Life

January 30, 2024

Matthew DiCianni was interviewed by the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their LAS@Work profile, crediting the university for preparing him for a successful career at Cozen O’Connor.

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Matt DiCianni Honored with Rising Stars Award from The National Immigrant Justice Center

May 04, 2023

Matt DiCianni, a labor and employment associate at Cozen O’Connor, has been honored with a Rising Stars Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

Cozen O'Connor attorneys work pro bono to help mother and son earn asylum in United States

February 09, 2023

Matthew DiCianni and Amy Doig spoke with Chicago Lawyer Magazine about working with their client's request for asylum.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Win Asylum for Mother and Son Escaping Violence in El Salvador

November 18, 2022

Cozen O'Connor associates Matt DiCianni and Amy Doig recently won a significant pro bono victory in Immigration Court in Chicago.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

COVID-19 Update: What Will 2022 Bring?

February 03, 2022 - Webinar


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2013
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., with honors, 2007

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, 2023-2024

National Immigrant Justice Center, Rising Star

Naperville Central High School, Alumni Recognition Award, 2024


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit