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Matt Hayek was born in Iowa City in 1969. He received a B.A. with honors in Social Sciences from the University of Michigan Residential College in 1992. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1992 to 1994. He received a J.D. from Michigan Law School in 1997. After practicing at firms in Atlanta (Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP) and Chicago (Grippo & Elden, LLC), Matt joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2004. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In addition to his law practice, Matt has dedicated significant time to the community. He is the past chair of two advisory commissions for the City of Iowa City. In 2007 he was elected to the City Council, serving as Mayor of Iowa City from 2010 to 2016. In that capacity he was on the City Council's Economic Development Committee and was the City's representative to various intergovernmental and public-private organizations.


Currently, Matt serves on the board of directors of MidWestOne Bank as well as its holding company, MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. He chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee and Trust Committee. He is the past chair of two advisory commissions for the City of Iowa City, is a former member of the board of directors of Oaknoll Retirement Residence, and served as president of the board of directors of the Englert Civic Theatre. 

Matt is a past recipient of the Iowa State Bar Association's Pro Bono Award and the 40 Under 40 award from the Corridor Business Journal. He is fluent in Spanish.


Matt dedicates most of his practice to business law, real estate work, and estate planning.

Matt has been admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • State of Iowa (2001)

  • United States District Court – Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa (2003)

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