Lawyers With Style: Matthew Thomas Dattilo
Matthew Thomas Dattilo
Photos by Marina Makropoulos.
Matthew Thomas Dattilo, 28, serves as general counsel to MAC One Midway LLC, the largest operator of food and beverage concessions at Chicago's Midway International Airport. As the company's chief legal officer and a member of the senior management team, Dattilo provides day-to-day legal counsel and assists with the strategic positioning of the company.
1. What's your favorite store to shop for work clothes?
De Louice Custom Tailor & Design, 1755 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park.
2. If you are meeting with a new client or have your first day in court or at a transactional meeting, what's your favorite "power outfit?"
Navy blue pinstripe suit, crisp, white shirt (English spread collar, French cuff), purple tie, white linen handkerchief squarely folded in the suit's breast pocket.
3. What brand is your watch?
I don't wear a watch regularly. As MAC One's CEO Tim Rand frequently reminds me: In the food and beverage business — even as general counsel — you have to be ready to roll up your sleeves and help in the kitchen.
4. In one or two words, how would you describe your style?
5. What do you wear on weekends?
Jeans, a polo and loafers sans socks. In the evening, I'll exchange the polo for a crisp English button-down and a sport coat.
6. What's your favorite brand of jeans?
Citizens of Humanity.
7. Whose style do you admire?
Three men: my father, Tom Dattilo, an attorney who taught me everything I know beginning with how to tie a tie; Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, a true statesman; and Bob Clifford, a lawyer's lawyer.
8. What was the first expensive piece of clothing that you purchased when you became a lawyer?
Navy blue Ermenegildo Zegna three-button suit.
9. What is your No. 1 style pet peeve?
"Pancake" collar — a dress shirt, when worn without a tie, that hasn't been properly starched flattens out and sinks below the lapels of the jacket
10. Who is your favorite designer?
11. What advice do you have for a lawyer trying to improve his or her professional style?
Quality over quantity. Invest in a few high quality items that precisely fit your body type and sense of style, as opposed to having a closet full of mediocre clothes that don't quite fit.
12. Why should lawyers care about their style?
A lawyer represents a client not only in words, but in presentation. Appearance, demeanor and speech all make up aspects of that presentation. Since first impressions are often the hardest to overcome, why not make sure that you look your best always?