As General Counsel for Phusion Projects, Matt Dornauer is responsible for the Company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory matters, in addition to government affairs and risk management. He also serves as a member of the Company’s executive leadership team. His primary areas of focus include corporate governance, commercial negotiations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio management, labor and employment issues, marketing law compliance, alcohol regulation, and providing business and strategic advice to the executive leadership team.
Prior to becoming the first General Counsel of Phusion in 2013, Matt was an associate at the Chicago office of international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where he began working with the Company in 2009. At Sidley, he was a member of the general litigation group and his practice included a diverse range of litigation, regulatory and transactional matters.
Mr. Dornauer received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, with distinction in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Leadership in Corporate Counsel program. Matt is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Outside of his work at Phusion, Matt maintains an active pro bono legal practice, including teaching Chicago public school students about the U.S. legal system and the legal profession. He also serves as a mentor to law students in Notre Dame Law School’s Alumni Mentorship Program.
Matt and his wife reside in Chicago, and he enjoys spending his free time running and biking along Lake Michigan, backcountry skiing and traveling internationally.