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CHICAGO Matthew C. McElwee has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. 
 
McElwee spent the last year at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago, where he provided legal services related to corporate transactions, including M&A and venture financing activities on behalf of entrepreneurs and venture capital funds. From 2015-18, he was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.
 
A 2016 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, McElwee earned his J.D. with a Business Law Certificate while finishing among the top 1 percent of his class. While in law school, he was the president of the Moot Court Honor Society and Corporate Law Society. McElwee won the 2015 National Moot Court Competition and was recognized as a Top 5 Oral Advocate at the American Bar Association Competition in 2015 and 2016. He also was on the staff of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, where he received the Charles Shaw Award for his work.
 
McElwee earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Specialization from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012, serving as commencement speaker on behalf of his class. While at SIUE, he founded the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a student organization dedicated to entrepreneurship.
 
McElwee can be reached at mmcelwee@mcdonaldhopkins.com and 312.642.6893.
 
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