Michelle Bracke



Michelle Bracke is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Law, Bad Faith Litigation, Directors & Officers Coverage & Litigation, and Insurance Coverage Practices. Ms. Bracke has over 20 years of experience litigating coverage matters at both the trial and appellate levels, in a multitude of federal and state jurisdictions. Ms. Bracke has litigated matters involving all types of policies and coverages including professional liability, errors and omissions, general liability, construction defect, intellectual property, first party coverages, rescission, and policyholder fraud. For multiple years, Ms. Bracke has been elected by her peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Bracke was employed for a number of years in the insurance industry, as both an insurance company claim representative and broker, in the United States and at Lloyds of London, London, England.

In addition to her coverage practice, Ms. Bracke has also litigated matters involving fine art, products liability, class action, and policyholder bad faith.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Directors & Officers Coverage
  • COVID-19: Insurance Coverage


State of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States District Court for the District Of Nebraska

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Loyola University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1994

University of Detroit London Law Programme


Northwestern University

Bachelor of General Studies, 1991

Representative Published and Non-Published Decisions

  • Edward T. Joyce & Assoc., P.C. v. Professionals Direct Ins. Co., no. 13cv2475, 2014 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 138908, N.D.Ill. Sept. 30, 2014
  • Amer.Auto.Ins. Co. v. Smith, no. 5-12-cv-08183, 2013 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 91763, S.D.W.Va. July 1, 2013
  • American Zurich Ins. Co. v. Wilcox & Christopoulos, L.L.C.,  2013 Il.App. (1st) 120402, 984 N.E.2d 86, 2013
  • Schwartz Manes Ruby & Slovin P.A. v. Carolina Casualty Ins. Co., no. 11-3989, 6th Cir. June 2012
  • Ackerman v. Westport, no. 06-4142, D.N.J. Sept. 4, 2008
  • Travelers Insur. Co. v. American Home, no. 4:060CV-824, E.D.Mo. Aug. 6, 2008
  • Coregis Insur. Co. v. Caruso, no. 06-5180, 3rd Cir. June 18, 2008
  • Central Nat’l v. Jewish Children’s Bureau, no. 01-02-0926, Ill.App. 1 Dist. Dec. 30, 2005
  • Westport v. St. Paul, no. 02-cv-1779, D.Md. 2004
  • Miller v. Steichen, 682 N.W.2d 702, Neb. 2004
  • Westport Insur.  v. Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, no. 2:03-cv-76, M.D.Fla. 2004
  • Vanderzee v. Admiral Insur. Co., 02-cv-1553, N.D.N.Y. 2003
  • Westport v. Potts & Badaruddin, no. 03-11166, 11th Cir. 2003
  • PNA L.L.C. v. Interstate Insurance, 2003 WL 21488120, E.D. La.  2003
  • U.S. v. Miller v. Westport, no. 4:01-CV-0182HLM, N.D.Ga. October 17, 2002, aff’d, no. 4:01-CV-0182, 11th Cir. 2003
  • Westport v. Vinet & Vinet, et al., no. 99-554-B-M1, M.D.La. Aug. 10, 2000
  • Coregis v. Fellman, Moylan, Natvig & Kelly, et al., no. 8:99CV14, D.Neb. May 23, 2000
  • Coregis v. Wallace & Tetreault, et al., no. CV499-50 (S.D.Ga., April 20, 2000), aff’d, 11th Cir. 2001
  • Chicago v. Chimnee Cricket, et al., no. 99-60453 (E.D.Mich. 2000), aff’d, nos. 00-1314-15, 6th Cir. 2001