Michael M. Marick - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Michael M. Marick

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Mike is widely regarded as one of the leading attorneys in the United States representing insurers in coverage 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.

For more than thirty-two years, he has represented property and casualty insurers in disputes with their policyholders over insurance coverage -- at the claims stage, in trial courts, and on appeal. He has served as national coverage counsel to several major property and casualty insurers in its mass tort and environmental coverage cases, and has been lead counsel for insurers in significant mass tort coverage litigation (asbestos, lead paint, silica, breast implants, pharmaceutical products, and medical devices), environmental coverage suits, managed care professional liability matters, disputes between excess and primary insurers, policy rescission actions, and high stakes disputes over the insurer’s right to appoint defense counsel.

Mike drafts policy language, has administered claims programs, and has been retained as a consultant and expert witness on insurance issues. He has authored amicus briefs for the insurance industry’s leading trade associations, for many years taught a law school course on insurance law, and his articles and book chapters on insurance law topics have been cited by courts as persuasive authority.  


Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois (1982)
  • Florida (1983)
  • Arizona (2010)
  • Wisconsin (2014)
  • United States Supreme Court (1992)
  • United States Circuit Courts of Appeals
    Third (1987), Fifth (1998), Sixth (1992), Seventh (2003), Tenth (2002), Eleventh (2000)


Work History

  • Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (1994 – Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1987-98)
  • Phelan, Pope & John (1985 – 1994)
  • Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban & Fuller (1982 – 1985)


  • Illinois (1982)

  • Florida (1983)

  • Arizona (2010)

  • Wisconsin (2014)


  • Illinois (1982)

  • Florida (1983)

  • Arizona (2010)

  • Wisconsin (2014)


IIT Chicago-Kent College of LawJ.D. 1982Denison UniversityBA 1979
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual CounselDefense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee The American Law InstituteIIT Chicago-Kent College of Law American Bar Association: Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeInternational Association of Defense Trial CounselProfessional Liability Underwriting SocietyIllinois State Bar Association, Insurance Law Section Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter

Case History

Successfully Represented Insurers in “Fax Blast” Coverage Actions

Represented various Zurich North America companies against the enforcement of stipulated/consent judgments arising from insureds’ facsimile transmissions alleged to violate federal law.  G.M. Sign, Inc. v. Pennswood Partners, Inc., 2014 IL App (2d) 121276 (no coverage for over $10 million consent judgment); Maryland Casualty Co. v. Express Products, Inc., 529 F. App’x 245 (3rd Cir. 2013) (no coverage for $8 million consent judgment).

Successfully Represented Primary Insurers Against Excess Insurers’ Damages Claims

Represented various primary insurers (including Zurich and Potomac Insurance Company) and a risk pooling trust in lawsuits brought against them by excess insurers alleging improper claims handling. 

Amicus Curiae Representation of Insurance Industry Associations

Prepared various amicus briefs on behalf of Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the American Insurance Association regarding issues of importance to the insurance industry.                  - See, e.g., Bituminous Cas. Corp. v. Iles, 2013 IL App (5th) 120485.  

Client Comments

"I have worked with Mike Marick and his firm for many years. If I ever needed to refer a client to another firm, I would without hesitation refer him or her to Mike, knowing it was in the best of hands."

-Charles Spevacek
Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.

"Michael Marick is top notch."

"I would trust my best clients with Mike Marick. He is poised, intelligent, and incredibly good in court."

-Michael Aylward
Morrison Mahoney, LLP

"Michael Marick is an excellent lawyer who quickly gains an understanding of the facts of the matter and is able to apply his strong expertise to provide the results a client demands and deserves."

"Michael Marick consistently delivers an excellent work product and an effective strategic disposition plan. He understands the nuances of insurance law and how to achieve cost-effective resolution."

"Mike Marick is one of the premier insurance company coverage lawyers in the country. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of insurance coverage law and is a superb litigator. He consistently demonstrates tactical and strategic mastery of complex insurance coverage litigation and is highly respected by both policyholder and insurer covered litigators. Many insurance companies consider him the "go-to litigator" when it comes to high-stakes insurance coverage litigation."

-Paul Langer
Proskauer Rose

Office Location

222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Chicago Metro Area
Michael M. Marick has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

Other Information

Gender: Male