Michael concentrates his practice in catastrophic auto, construction and premises injuries, medical and dental malpractice, nursing home negligence, workers compensation, civil rights 1983 actions, mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, police disability claims and appellate practice. Michael recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered injuries or wrongful death. He has extensive experience representing clients with post-traumatic fibromyalgia, having lectured and appeared on television to discuss this highly contested injury.
He was the first to have courts recognize fibromyalgia as a police duty related injury. He also successfully argued that the courts, not the police pension board, determine attorneys’ fees after a successful appeal of a police duty disability claim. In 2020 he obtained a $3.5 million verdict against telemarketers who advised the public that their donations would benefit programs for disabled Chicago police officers and families of officers killed in the line of duty, yet none of the money was used for those purposes. Instead, the telemarketers received 80% and the FOP received 20% for political donations, golfing, and fishing tournaments. In 2022, he settled a highly contested construction injury case for 1.5 million dollars.
He is a Court appointed Arbitrator in Cook and Lake Counties and a judge for high school and law school trial advocacy and moot court competitions. He is named The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, Illinois.