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The law firm of Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno concentrates in commercial litigation, complex insurance coverage litigation and professional liability defense.  Our attorneys have represented numerous businesses in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, intellectual property matters and class action defense.

As coverage and claims counsel for domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies, our attorneys have litigated, tried and arbitrated numerous domestic and international insurance coverage disputes.  The firm has extensive expertise in environmental, construction defect, products liability and mass tort coverage matters. Our attorneys also have significant experience in other areas of insurance-related litigation, including long-term care, Directors & Officers and Errors & Omissions coverage, and extra-contractual/bad faith claims. 

Firm members also have wide-ranging experience in developing insurance products including policy drafting.  Members include counsel with extensive risk management experience. We have, in some instances where no conflict with insurance clients' interests are presented, represented policyholders in coverage matters, principally in first party property claims. Our attorneys also have extensive experience successfully defending both individuals and organizations against professional liability claims.



We encourage a culture that promotes client satisfaction, clear communication, professionalism, integrity and discretion.  We believe in putting our clients' long-term goals ahead of short-term objectives.

Our goal-oriented strategy and trial experience pose a highly credible risk to our opposition that a case will be taken to verdict or judgment. This, in turn, often results in highly favorable settlements for our clients, making trial unnecessary.


When faced with litigation, a successful strategy depends on your opponent's knowledge that your lawyers can and will take a case to verdict or judgment.  Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys bring diverse backgrounds to the firm, but we also have a common denominator: a dedication to excellence in the practice of law, coupled with the experience and training brought from our prior practices at some of Chicago's largest law firms.

Our knowledge, skill and experience drive us to an unparalleled commitment to provide the best legal services available. 







Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno attorneys approach each matter as a unique problem to be resolved according to the client's goals, whether trial, alternative dispute resolution, or a wide variety of negotiated resolution alternatives.  Our emphasis is on putting together a specific, cost-effective plan for achieving the desired result.  Some of our representative cases are listed here.

We will assess your objectives early in the case, develop a comprehensive strategy and budget for case management, and focus our litigation activities on meeting those objectives.