Matthew Volkert joined the office of the general counsel in 2009. He represents the university in various areas, primarily including technology transfer and development issues and general corporate, real estate, business, contract and transactional matters, but he also works on litigation and other matters.
Before joining the office, Volkert was in private practice. He was an attorney at Van Matre, Harrison, Volkert and Hollis P.C., in Columbia, Mo., from 2002 through 2009 (and a shareholder since 2006). There, he handled a wide range of matters, including real estate purchases, development and leasing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate, securities and finance; business and tax planning; general contract issues; as well as trusts and estates and commercial litigation.
Before that, he was an associate in the Chicago office of Jones Day (1999-2002), where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities work.
Volkert has a bachelor's of science degree, summa cum laude, in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia's business school, where he graduated in 1995. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1998, and was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton, then chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri (1998-1999). He is a member of the following bars: Missouri, Illinois and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and Northern District of Illinois.