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Michael J. Victor

Michael Victor is a partner at OKGC and has been with the firm since 2009. Michael focuses his practice on counseling public entities (including municipalities, counties, school districts, park districts, and townships) and business clients and representing those entities in lawsuits, including § 1983 civil rights litigation, tort claims, and commercial litigation.

Michael is trusted as a go-to adviser for his clients, who recognize that he is uniquely suited to solve the wide-ranging and complex problems which confront public entities. Michael draws upon on his personal background, which includes growing up in a family of public servants (police officers, public works employees, teachers, letter carriers), to ensure that his legal advice accurately responds to the practical realities of governmental entities. Through his guidance, Michael has earned the reputation as a counselor who prevents disputes before they begin and who can answer the difficult questions relating to challenging issues.

Michael is equally effective in the courtroom. He has established a track record of success in big dollar cases and zealously represents public entities in all types of litigation. In addition, Michael represents business and insurance clients in high-stakes commercial disputes and other matters. Michael's experience litigating across a broad range of cases provides him with the skills and open-minded vision to creatively and successfully shepherd lawsuits from beginning to end.

Michael is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. In 2015, he was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List. Michael has presented on a number of issues affecting public entities, including tort immunity, the Second Amendment, and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Outside the legal field, Michael is a world-class 16-inch softball player who plays all types of sports (e.g. basketball, biking, running, triathlons). He is also a volunteer for organizations committed to both helping stroke survivors and raising awareness about strokes. Michael resides in Chicago.

Areas of Focus

  • Governmental/Public Entities Law & Litigation
  • General Tort and Civil Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Appellate Practice

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2008 (with Honors; Moot Court Honors Society)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 2005 (Dean’s List)

Representative Cases

  • Defeated the United States Department of Justice at trial in sexual harassment action after obtaining partial summary judgment on behalf of county.
  • Earned not guilty verdict at trial for police officers in excessive force case.
  • Won victory in the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed summary judgment victory for village and several police officers in a false arrest/wrongful imprisonment case.
  • Secured a judgment at trial for manufacturer of power generator sets in $10 million breach of warranty case, a ruling which was affirmed by the appellate court.
  • Assisted in representing a plaintiff car parts manufacturer in enforcing five-year requirements contract, leading to multi-million settlement during trial on damages.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for village and its officials in complex commercial/constitutional litigation brought by a large commercial shopping center, which claimed millions of dollars in damages.
  • Won summary judgment and achieved total victory in vehicle accident case involving serious injuries.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of suit alleging that that city and its police officers used excessive force and failed to provide medical help, allegedly resulting in brain damage to the plaintiff.
  • Represented city in defeating request for a temporary restraining order and won complete dismissal of claims in suit by a grocery store, which had claimed that the city was destroying its business.
  • Earned dismissal of suit for a county and its sheriff where the plaintiff alleged the she was impaled by a stake during a parade at a town festival.
  • Represented village officials in defeating a challenging political party's emergency request to have its party members immediately take office as trustees.
  • Secured summary judgment for county and its deputy, who struck the plaintiff with a squad car, resulting in a leg amputation.

Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Illinois