Michael L. Teich
Michael L. Teich is a full time trial lawyer dedicated to obtaining justice for victims and families harmed by the wrongful conduct of others.
Since 1995 he has prosecuted personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from aviation negligence and airplane crashes, motor vehicle negligence and semi truck crashes, medical malpractice, defective products, dangerous workplaces and construction site errors.
Mr. Teich knows that each of his clients is seeking help during what is probably the most difficult time of their life, and he strives to help each client in ways that go beyond the monetary results.
Mr. Teich is board certified* in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the oldest and largest not-for-profit American Bar Association accredited trial attorney certification board in the United States. He is also board certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Attorneys with NBTA certification have proven ability in their field through specialized examinations and rigorous criteria for necessary experience and ethical ratings. In order to earn board certification by the NBTA Mr. Teich was required to demonstrate extensive experience in his specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys, a professional organization devoted to educating the legal profession and the public of the importance of board certification.
His work on behalf of victims has been recognized by Thompson Reuters which has selected him for inclusion in its Super Lawyers publication every year since 2012. He is also a guest lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
In 2012 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois appointed Michael Teich as lead counsel for a nationwide group of victims of contaminated heparin-filled medical syringes. Mr. Teich pursued those responsible for manufacturing and distributing the defective medical devices in multiple lawsuits in state and federal courts. His efforts led to payment of millions of dollars to victims of the defective devices around the country.
Mr. Teich is dedicated to working for justice for innocent victims of personal injury, wrongful death, negligence and corporate wrongdoing.
* Board certification is not required to practice law in Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize specialties in the practice of law.
Recent Settlement and Verdicts:
- $7.1 million verdict in a case involving a regional jet crash
- $4.1 million record-breaking verdict in DuPage County, Illinois
$3.09 record-breaking jury verdict in Decatur, Illinois
$3 million recovery for victims of contaminated syringes
- $2.25 million dollar verdict for man killed by a distracted driver
- $2 million verdict for a woman injured by a defective machine at work
- $2 million settlement for the family of a teenager killed in a plane crash
- $1.9 million settlement in a case involving a defective truck
- $1.2 million settlement for a worker injured in an industrial accident in what is the largest reported recovery for amputated fingers in Illinois outside of Cook County
- $1 million settlement in a case involving a defective truck
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Aviation Injury
- Construction Accidents
- Litigation & Appeals
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Product Liability
- Trucking Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Illinois, 1994
- Admitted pro hac vice in:
- North Carolina
- New York
- All Illinois state courts
- United States District Court of Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
- United States District Court for Central District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1993
- Cornell University, B.S., Applied Economics and Management, 1990
- “The Pre-Abdullah Consensus That Federal Law Does Not Preempt the Field of Aviation Safety in Tort Cases Should Remain the Law,” Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, DePaul University College of Law, spring 2009 Volume 8
- “The Erosion of Secrecy in Air Disaster Litigation,” Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, DePaul University College of Law, spring 2011 Volume 10
- Guest Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law
- “The Other Rules of the Road,” What Parents of Teen Drivers Should Know