Michael Franz

Partner

Michael Franz is a partner in the Chicago and Fort Lauderdale offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Transportation Practices.

Areas of focus in business, transportation, and general litigation, and extensive trial and arbitration experience in fraud, toxic/mass torts, personal injury defense, wrongful death, and products liability litigation.

Michael has prior experience in insurance defense, insurance coverage, arson, consumer fraud, and warranty law actions.

Foreign Language Capabilities

  • German
  • Italian

Published Opinions

  • River City Condo. Assoc. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 89 N.E.3d 763 (Ill. 1st Dist. 2017)
  • Thorndale Beach North Condo. Assoc. v. Berar, 2014 IL App (1st) 123587
  • Wright Development Group, LLC v. John Walsh, et al., 939 N.E.2d 389 (Ill.Sup.Ct. 2010)
  • Metropolitan Condominium Association v. Crescent Heights, 859 N.E.2d 271 (Ill. 1st Dist. 2006)
  • UFG, LLC v. Southwest Corporation, 848 N.E.2d 353 (Ind.Ct.App. 2006)
  • McCready v. eBay, Inc., 453 F.3d 882 (7th Cir. 2006)
  • McCready v. eBay, Inc., 2005 WL 6082528 (C.D.Ill. 2005)
  • Schramer v. Tiger Athletic Ass'n, 815 N.E.2d 994 (Ill. 2nd Dist. 2004)
  • UFG, LLC v. Southwest Corporation, 784 N.E.2d 536 (Ind.Ct.App. 2003)

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Florida
    • Illinois
    • Michigan
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

Michigan State University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1996

Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, England

Graduate Studies, 1994

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, History, Political Science, and German, 1993

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