Michael J. Borree
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Michael J. Borree

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Michael J. Borree
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Michael J. Borree’s practice is focused on professional malpractice defense, products liability defense, and commercial litigation.

Since joining Donohue Brown, Mr. Borree has represented physicians, hospitals and nursing homes in malpractice actions, lawyers in legal malpractice actions and fee disputes with clients, large automobile manufacturers in products liability actions, and companies in commercial litigation and breach of contract actions. He has also represented employees in employment litigation matters, including disputes arising out of restrictive covenants.

Mr. Borree has taken numerous cases to verdict and achieved successful results for his clients through dispositive motions. Between January and May 2014, he was involved in obtaining dispositive rulings in four legal malpractice cases pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, with the combined amount of claimed damages in these cases exceeding over $15 million.

In 2013, Mr. Borree was named a "Rising Star" in Civil Litigation by Super Lawyers and named a "Super Lawyer" in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, he was given the "Emerging Lawyer" distinction from Leading Lawyers. "Emerging Lawyers" have been identified by their peers to be among the top lawyers who are 40 or younger or have practiced for no more than 10 years. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state receive the distinction of "Emerging Lawyer."

Mr. Borree is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law. As a law student, he served as Managing Editor of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal and authored a comment to that publication in 2003. He has also co-authored an article published in the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Quarterly. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.

Education
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, cum laude, 2003
  • Managing Editor, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1999
Awards
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" in 2017
  • Named an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers in 2015 and 2016
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Civil Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2013
Admissions
Illinois, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003

Mr. Borree has tried numerous cases to verdict over the course of his career. Most notably:

  • Johnson v. Defendant Physician – Served as second-chair trial counsel; case involving death of 46 year-old woman from anaphylactic-allergic reaction, with claim of violation of federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, tried in January 2006, in Federal District Court for Northern District of Illinois.
  • Favia v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer – Served as third-chair trial counsel; case involving deaths of 3 occupants of 1994 Ford Aerostar Van in rollover accident, tried in October 2006, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Liberato v. Defendant Ob-Gyn – Served as second-chair trial counsel; medical malpractice case involving severe birth injury, tried in October 2008, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Owens v. Defendant Hospital – Served as second-chair trial counsel; medical malpractice case involving death of 3-year old child from bowel obstruction, tried in December 2009, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Milliner v. Defendant Surgeon – Served as second-chair trial counsel; medical malpractice case involving attempted bypass surgery of arterial aneurysm, with amputation of plaintiff’s leg, tried in May – June 2011, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Leary v. Defendant Physician – Served as second-chair trial counsel; medical malpractice case involving alleged delayed diagnosis of renal medullary carcinoma resulting in death, tried in October 2011, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Geisler v. Defendant Law Firm – Served as second-chair trial counsel; legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty case involving conflict of interest, tried in July 2012, in Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Potrawski v. Defendant Emergency Room Physician and Group – Served as second-chair trial counsel; medical malpractice case involving delayed treatment of subdural hematoma in emergency room setting, tried in April – May 2013, in Circuit Court of Cook County.


In addition, Mr. Borree has achieved success through dispositive motion practice. Notable dispositive rulings in favor of Mr. Borree’s clients include:

  • Show v. Ford Motor Co. –  Granted summary judgment in products liability suit involving rollover of a Ford Explorer, Federal District Court for Northern District of Illinois, affirmed on appeal by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, September 2011.
  • Cars R Us Sales & Rentals Inc., et al. v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer –  Granted summary judgment in products liability suit involving fire caused by alleged defect in vehicle, Federal District Court for Northern District of Illinois, March 2011.
  • Caplice, et al. v. Defendant Law Firm –  Dismissal with prejudice granted on the pleadings in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty action, Circuit Court of Cook County, affirmed on appeal in unpublished decision, March 2012.
  • Pappas v. Defendant Law Firm – Dismissal with prejudice based on doctrine of res judicata in trespass and civil conspiracy action, Circuit Court of Cook County, April 2013.
  • Skokie Motor Sales, Inc. v. Burke Warren – Dismissal with prejudice granted in legal malpractice action based on statute of limitations, Circuit Court of Cook County, May 2014.
Education
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, cum laude, 2003
  • Managing Editor, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1999
Awards
Named a "Super Lawyer" in 2017
Named an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers in 2015 and 2016
Named a "Rising Star" in Civil Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2013
Admissions
Illinois, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003
Presentations
Chicago Bar Association - December 2011 – “Hot Topics in Professional Liability – Discussion of Union Planters Bank, N.A. v. Thompson Coburn Decision and Rethinking the Case Within The Case.”
American College of Health Care Administrators – IL Chapter, January 2011 – “Managing Liability Risk – Arbitration: How Does It Fit…What Odin v. Carter taught Illinois and What We Still Have to Learn?”
Publications
Employer Solicitation Policies: Unions versus Charity, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, Spring, 2003
Owner Beware: A Residential Landlord's Liability for the Criminal Acts of Third Parties, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Fourth Quarter, 2003
Education
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, cum laude, 2003
  • Managing Editor, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1999
Awards
Named a "Super Lawyer" in 2017
Named an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers in 2015 and 2016
Named a "Rising Star" in Civil Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2013
Admissions
Illinois, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003