Before joining with highly respected civil rights trial lawyer Matthew Robison, Brian Barrido was a partner in a law firm that won verdicts and settlements totaling millions of dollars against municipalities throughout Illinois for cases ranging from excessive use of force by law enforcement to false arrest and malicious prosecution.
Brian Barrido is one of a select few attorneys in Illinois that is a member of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar and qualified as lead counsel. Mr. Barrido earned this special certification because of his extensive jury trial experience. Mr. Barrido's lead counsel certification allowed him to represent clients facing the death penalty.
Mr. Barrido began his career as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender in the Child Protection Division. Once assigned to the Felony Trial Division at the renowned "26th & California" courthouse in Chicago he tried cases ranging from alleged simple drug possessions to first-degree murder.
Prior to being named partner at his previous law firm, Mr. Barrido was hired to be an Assistant Director of Attorneys for the Cochran Firm – Criminal Defense Section, P.C. in Santa Monica, California. The Cochran Firm was founded by famous civil rights and criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. While working in California, Mr. Barrido helped mentor lawyers associated with the firm.
Mr. Barrido is also a registered sports agent and represents athletes in many different capacities. He has worked for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). As a sports agent, Brian Barrido currently represents Kaitlin Sandeno, a former University of Southern California swimming standout, two-time United States Swimming Olympian, and four-time Olympic medalist. During his career, Mr. Barrido has represented athletes in the sports of swimming, speed skating, weightlifting, and baseball.
Mr. Barrido is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mr. Barrido is a current member of the Advisory Board of the Illinois ACLU. Mr. Barrido also is a member of the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project that helps counsel members of the United States armed forces in legal matters along with attorneys in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) unit with state specific questions.
Mr. Barrido is sworn into and in good standing with the Illinois Bar, the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar (qualified as lead counsel), the General Bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the General Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Matthew C. Robison
Matt Robison pursued a legal career with the specific purpose of working in civil rights, which continues to be Mr. Robison’s primary area of practice. A tenacious litigator, Mr. Robison has progressively expanded his areas of practice, and along with his law partner, Brian J. Barrido, continues to push the firm towards becoming a comprehensive civil rights practice, dedicated solely to the public interest.
Mr. Robison's civil practice areas focus on police misconduct and employment litigation. In his first trial, Mr. Robison tried a federal civil rights case against the Cook County Jail and several of its correctional officers that resulted in a verdict of $780,000.00. From excessive force claims to lawsuits against governmental entities and employment discrimination cases, Mr. Robison is a critical part of the firm’s civil practice. Likewise, Mr. Robison plays a key role in the firm’s criminal defense practice. Having appeared in criminal cases with charges ranging from misdemeanor traffic violations to first degree murder, Mr. Robison continues to prove his dedication to the protection of individuals’ constitutional rights. Mr. Robison handles all stages of criminal representation, from counseling clients immediately after arrest, through the charging stages, and continuing through arraignments, discovery, negotiating plea agreements, trial, and appeals.
Outside his work at the firm, Mr. Robison is an active member of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), a branch of the National Lawyers Guild. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Robison was enlisted to assist NPAP in drafting an amicus curiae brief (i.e. friend of the Court) to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Alvarez v. Smith, 08-351, which involved a challenge to Illinois’ Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act. The resulting brief urged the Court to affirm a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that gave citizens, whose property had been seized by government agents, protection under the due process clause.
Additionally, Mr. Robison is an adjunct professor at the DePaul University College of Law. After volunteer coaching the mock trial team throughout 2009, he was asked to become an official coach and part of the staff. Mr. Robison’s students compete twice each academic year in various locations across the country. Mr. Robison is a dedicated teacher of the trial skills his students need to be successful both in competition and as future attorneys.
Mr. Robison is a graduate of the Ohio University, where he received a bachelor's degree in History. Mr. Robison continued his education at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he earned his juris doctor as a Dean's List Honor Graduate. During this time, Mr. Robison traveled and volunteered extensively throughout Latin America working with impoverished and disabled children, and as an intern at Casa Alianza, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting human rights. As a result, Mr. Robison is highly proficient in Spanish.
Mr. Robison is sworn into and in good standing with the Illinois Bar, the General Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Of Counsel to Barrido and Robison
Matt Prengaman previously worked for a boutique Chicago law firm before establishing his own practice where he focuses primarily on civil litigation and criminal defense. Mr. Prengaman has a significant amount of courtroom experience in both state and federal court. In 2011, Mr. Prengaman helped litigate a medical malpractice trial that resulted in a verdict for his client in the amount of $1.27 million dollars.
Mr. Prengaman has experience representing clients in a wide range of civil matters, both plaintiff and defense work. Mr. Prengaman’s practice has included but is not limited to the areas of general tort litigation, contract disputes, personal injuries, wills and trusts, and criminal defense.
Mr. Prengaman has also recently expanded his practice in the area of The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA. The FDCPA was enacted to stop abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices by debt collectors. Victims of unfair practices by debt collectors may be entitled to money damages and payment of their attorneys’ fees if a creditor has violated the law. Mr. Prengaman remains dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of individuals that find themselves being harassed or abused through unfair and coercive debt collection methods.
Mr. Prengaman graduated from the University of Redlands as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, receiving a bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in Government. Mr. Prengaman received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law where he was a student editor of the German Law Journal, a member of the Dean’s List, the D. Craig Lewis Trial Team, and was awarded an Academic Scholarship.
Mr. Prengaman is sworn into and in good standing with the Illinois Bar and the General Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Prengaman can be contacted through his website at http://www.chicago-criminal-dui.com
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Barrido & Robison serves Chicagoland and the surrounding counties in all the listed practice areas in Federal and State court.