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Michael M. Marick
   Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
Chicago Office
123 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1800
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: 312 474 7888
Fax: 312 474 7898

For over thirty-two years, Mike has successfully represented property and casualty insurers in high exposure disputes over coverage at the claim stage, in trial courts, and on appeal. He is widely regarded as one of the leading attorneys in the United States representing liability insurers in coverage and bad faith matters. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business reports that Mike is “a good guy--a very solid, very smart lawyer,” and that he is “one of the most sophisticated coverage guys in Chicago.” The Best Lawyers in America named Mike the 2015 Chicago Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” based on particularly impressive voting averages he received during the nationwide peer assessment process. Mike's successes inside and outside the courtroom are based on a deep understanding of the insurance business--from the claims, underwriting and legal perspectives. He has served as national coverage counsel and lead counsel for insurers in significant mass tort coverage litigation (asbestos, silica, breast implants, pharmaceutical products, medical devices), environmental coverage suits, disputes between excess and primary insurers, policy rescission actions, high stakes disputes over the insurer’s right to appoint defense counsel, and managed care professional liability claims. Mike also has been retained as a consulting/testifying expert witness on insurance issues, his published works have been cited by courts as persuasive authority, and for many years he taught insurance law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a founding partner of the firm, and serves on its Executive and Management Committees.


Mike's most recent publications include:

“Excess Insurance,” ILLINOIS INSURANCE LAW, chapter 19 (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2014)
“Breaking Down Barriers in Policyholder-Insurer Disputes Over Counsel Selection and Payment,” Euromoney’s Best of the Best USA, 2014
“Leading Coverage Lawyers: The Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions of 2013”, Coverage Opinions, Vol. 3, issue 1 (commenting on New York K2 decision and American Law Institute “Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance” project)
“Excess Insurance,” ILLINOIS INSURANCE LAW, chapter 11 (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2012)
Chapter 14: Initiating Insurance Coverage Litigation, in New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide 14-1 (2010).


Mike's most recent presentations include:

“The American Law Institute Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance Project,” at the
DRI Insurance Roundtable on June 10, 2014.
“Duty to Defend: Analyzing Complex Issues” at the PLRB/LIRB 2014 Claims Conference on March 18, 2014



IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1982)
Denison University (B.A. 1979)

Admitted to Practice:

United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals (Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh Circuits)
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Activities:

Defense Research Institute: National Director (2014 - ); Insurance Law Committee, Chair (2012 - 2014), Vice Chair (2010 - 2012), frequent speaker
The American Law Institute (2012 - )
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law (1987 - 1998); President, Alumni Association (1994 - 1995); Board of Directors (1989 - 1999); Board of Overseers (1993 - 1995; 2006 - current)
Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors (2009 - 2010)
American Bar Association: Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee: Annual Meeting Chair (1994); Membership Chair (1991 - 1996)
Illinois State Bar Association: Insurance Law Section Council (1990 - 1997); Chair (1995 - 1996); Co-editor, “The Policy” (1992 - 1996); Assembly Delegate (1993 - 1996)
International Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Peer Recognitions/Awards:

2015 Chicago Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year," as selected by The Best Lawyers in America
DRI Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award (2014)
Best of the Best USA 2014, Expert Guide, Insurance and Reinsurance
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (Founding Fellow, 2012; Board of Regents, 2014 - )
International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2014)
125 Alumni of Distinction Honoree, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (2013)
Professional Achievement Award, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (2008)
Distinguished Service Award, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1996)
The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2009 - )
World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, Euromoney Legal Media Group (2002 - )
Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2005 - )
Illinois Super Lawyer (2005 - )
Martindale & Hubbell – AV rated (highest rating for legal ability and ethics)


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