Matthew T. Glavin


As a senior principal in the Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies group and a member in the law firm, Matt helps clients navigate the complex legislative and regulatory landscape in Illinois. His background in politics, government, and managing in-house government affairs operations for large corporations, allows him to bring unique value to his clients.

Before joining Cozen O'Connor, Matt served as the national director of Government Affairs for American Water, overseeing legislative and regulatory policy in 47 states for the largest privately owned water utility in the country. He also has extensive experience handling policy and regulatory matters before the Illinois Commerce Commission, the state’s primary utility regulator.

Prior to American Water, Matt worked in several high-level positions for former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, including director of the Office of Business Development and chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Additionally, he previously served as deputy press secretary to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin. He has worked on several political campaigns in Illinois and worked at a large law firm in Chicago handling consumer and class action defense cases. Matt is a member of the board of directors for Youth Guidance, a nonprofit that creates and implements school-based programs that enable children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education, and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life, and is also on the Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he graduated law school cum laude. Matt also previously served on the board of directors of Equality Illinois, the state’s largest LGBTQ organization, and obtained his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

In 2023, Matt was awarded the St. Robert Bellarmine Award from Loyola, which honors alumni who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the profession and to the School of Law.


Matthew Glavin Presented Alumni Award from Loyola University Chicago School of Law

August 31, 2023

On Saturday, October 28th, Loyola University Chicago School of Law will present the 2023 St. Robert Bellarmine Award to Matthew Glavin, a senior principal and member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, at the school’s Reunion and Alumni Awards Dinner.

Matthew Glavin of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Receives Alumni Award from Loyola University Chicago School of Law

June 29, 2023

CHICAGO – June 29, 2023 - Matthew Glavin, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies Group, has been honored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law with its 2023 St. Robert Bellarmine Award.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Member Matthew Glavin Named to Board of Youth Guidance

September 29, 2022

Matthew Glavin, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies Group, has been named to the Board of Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based organization specializing in social-emotional learning, counseling, and educational support for students in Chicago-area schools.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Matt Glavin Helps Illinois Lawmakers See Value of Restorative Justice Bill

July 27, 2021

Illinois took a bold step in protecting restorative justice circles earlier this month with the help of Matt Glavin, a member in the Chicago office of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Matthew Glavin Named to Board of Governors at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

July 23, 2021

Matthew Glavin, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies Group, has been named to the Law Alumni Board of Governors at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. His three-year term is effective immediately.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 15 Attorneys to Member

March 25, 2021

Cozen O'Connor promoted 15 attorneys to member: Donnie Apodaca, Brian Burack, Jason Cabrera, Kristina Cherevas, Jonathan Gale, Matthew Glavin, Yehudah Gordon, Max Kaplan, Jason Kreps, Anna Will Kentz, Daniel Levine, Peter Lim, Matthew Policastro Laura Reinhart, and Danielle Sapega.

Attorneys: Illinois likely to follow California, introduce stricter rules for independent contractors

November 01, 2019

Matthew Glavin and Jeremy Glenn were quoted in the Cook County Record discussing Illinois attempting to introduce legislation to tighten the rules over who can be classified as an independent contractor.

Cozen O'Connor Adds Three Lobbyists in Chicago

September 19, 2019

Cozen O'Connor welcomes three new lobbyists, John F. Dunn, Darren Collier, and Patrick L. Carey to the Public Strategies practice in Chicago.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Midwest Continues its Expansion, Landing Veteran Attorney/Lobbyist Matthew T. Glavin

March 04, 2019

Glavin Brings to the Group a Strong Background in Illinois Business, Politics, and Regulatory Oversight


New Laws On Independent Contractors Could Be Coming to a City and State Near You [Alert]

October 14, 2019

Matt Glavin and Jeremy Glenn discuss California, New York, and Illinois laws aimed at changing how workers are classified and their impact on the gig economy.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A.

Awards & Honors

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s St. Robert Bellarmine Award, 2023

  • Illinois