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Michael C. Borders Vice Chairman

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit


University of Notre Dame, J.D.

University of Notre Dame, B.B.A.

Michael C. Borders is Vice Chairman of the Firm and Office Managing Member of Dykema's Chicago office. Mr. Borders represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including insurance disputes, product liability, personal injury, commercial disputes, and class actions.


Michael C. Borders joined the Chicago office in 1981. His recent litigation experience has included the relatively unique representation of parents sued as the result of alleged crimes committed by their children. This has resulted in appearances on local and national television. He has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation-related matters, including:

  • Insurance coverage disputes, including prosecuting and defending declaratory judgment and bad faith suits as well as consulting on the most appropriate course of action to resolve complex coverage issues.
  • Acting as coordinating counsel to an insurer on pattern class action litigation.
  • Representing a major insurer in litigation relating to a reinsurance pool and statistical reporting practices.
  • Defending domestic and foreign manufacturers in product liability suits including manufacturers of a variety of industrial tools, presses, trucks, water heaters, adhesives and other industrial and consumer products
  • Defending corporations and individuals, directly or through retention by an insurance carrier, in a variety of personal injury litigation.
  • Defending and prosecuting commercial litigation, including breach of contract, non-competition and trade secret insurance disputes.
  • Acted as national counsel to a manufacturer of industrial products, supervising its litigation throughout the United States. This includes selecting and supervising counsel as well as advising on the trial or settlement of claims. In addition, Mr. Borders advises clients in minimizing litigation exposure and on the legal implications of business decisions.
  • Acted as an arbitrator and has successfully represented clients in controversies submitted to arbitration or alternative dispute resolution.
  • State Farm v. Matthews, 2016 IL App (1st) 143672-U
  • Wilder Chiropractic, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 130781
  • Bridgeview Health Care Center, Ltd. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, 2014 IL 116389
  • G.M. Sign v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 130593
  • Byer v. State Farm, 2013 IL App (1st) 113038
  • G.M. Sign, Inc. v. Schane, 2013 IL App (2d) 120434
  • Medmarc Casualty Insurance Company v. Avent America, et al, 600 F.3d 763 (7th Cir.2010)
  • State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. Perez, 387 Ill.App.3d 549, 899 N.E.2d 1231, 326 Ill.Dec. 580 (2008)
  • Tax Track Systems Corporation v. New Investors World, Incorporated, 478 F.3d 783 (2007)
  • Murphy v. Neu-Run Fence, 2003, Ill. Lexis 2339
  • Wakulich v. Mraz, 203 Ill.2d 223, 785 N.E.2d 843, 271 Ill.Dec. 649 (2003)
  • Pfiel v. Norskog, 197 Ill.2d 60, 755 N.E.2d 1, 257 Ill.Dec. 899 (2001)
  • Kim v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 312 Ill.App.3d 770, 728 N.E.2d 530, 245 Ill.Dec. 448 (2000)

Memberships & Involvement

  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Friends of Prentice Women's Hospital, Board Member
  • Mercy Housing Lakefront, Executive Board Member, 2002-2015; 

    President’s Advisory Council, 2016—

  • American Bar Association, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, Committees on Products, General Liability and Consumer Law and Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • University Club of Chicago
  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago

Recognized in Illinois SuperLawyers® for Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation Defense and Class Action/Mass Torts, 2011-2018

Recognized in Law & Politics as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation Defense and Class Action/Mass Torts, 2005-2010

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance, Personal Injury Defense: General and Products Liability Defense by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2004-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Selected to the list of "Top Lawyers in Illinois" by the Chicago Lawyer, 2012

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Product Liability Litigation—Defendant, 2009-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

Recipient of AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell