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Michael J. Borree

Chicago, IL (312) 422-4802 V card Print bio

General Info

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

  • Leading Lawyer (2020)
  • Named an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers in 2015 and 2016
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” (2017, 2018 and 2020)
  • 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

Overview

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, 2018 and 2020. 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.

Experience

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

  • Johnson v. Defendant Physician – Served as
Plaintiff v. Defendant Supportive Living Facility

06/24/2019

Client:

Defendant Supportive Living Facility

Outcome:

Appellate Court Victory

Plaintiff V. Defendant Internist/Cardiologist

10/12/2017

Client:

Defendant Internist/Cardiologist

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant Law Firm

10/02/2017

Client:

Defendant Law Firm

Outcome:

Summary Judgement for the Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant Doctor

09/06/2017

Client:

Defendant Doctor

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Byrne v. Emergency Room Doctor

03/01/2017

Client:

Defendant Emergency Room Doctor

Outcome:

Verdict for the defense

Kelleher v. Defendant Primary Care Physician

05/18/2016

Client:

Defendant Primary Care Physician

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Potrawski v. Defendant Emergency Room Physician and Group

Circuit Court of Cook County, IL (Judge Lorna E. Propes)05/10/2013

Client:

Defendant Emergency Room Physician and Group

Outcome:

Verdict in Favor of Defendant

Neurosurgeon v. Defendant Law Firm

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Judge Irwin Solganick)07/17/2012

Client:

Defendant Law Firm

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Show v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook)09/19/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Affirmed judgment in favor of the firm's client

Cars R Us Sales & Rentals Inc., et al. v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Northern District of Illinois (Judge Philip G. Reinhard)01/19/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary Judgment Granted

Owens-Jones v. Defendant Doctor

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Judge Deborah Mary Dooling)12/19/2009

Client:

Defendant Doctor

Outcome:

Hung Jury

Johnson v. Defendant Physician

Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Denlow)01/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Highlights

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

Off the court

Personal Information/Pro bono work

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