Michael Hannafan

Michael T. Hannafan (Of Counsel) (mth@hannafanlaw.com) started this Chicago law firm in 1986, trying numerous law cases over a 30+ year time frame.  While turning over the day-to-day running of the firm to Blake Hannafan, he has remained active in the firm’s legal cases and supplies his expert advice to clients.

His accomplishments include Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction limited to no more than 1% of the total attorney population within the state of Illinois.  For multiple years running, Mr. Hannafan has been selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the General Litigation category.  For approximately 15 years, Mr. Hannafan has been chosen by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Business Litigation and Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Hannafan’s background includes a JD degree with honors from Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law and an undergraduate degree from University of Missouri. After graduation from law school, Mr. Hannafan joined the prestigious law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he honed his litigation and trial skills. In the mid-80’s he formed Michael T. Hannafan & Associates, Ltd., now known as Hannafan & Hannafan, Ltd. Mr. Hannafan has also been an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy for Northwestern University’s School of Law.

University of Missouri, Bachelors degree in Journalism
Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, JD degree with Order of the Coif honors

Bar Admissions
State of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of IL
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of IL Trial Bar
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Areas of Trial Practice:
Business Litigation & Appeals
Professional Malpractice
Personal Injury / Products Liability
Employment Law
Antitrust and Securities
White Collar Criminal Defense

Honors & Awards
Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers

Certificate of Professional Achievement in Mediation Training from DePaul University, Center for Dispute Resolution. Mediation services offered and available at hourly or daily rates.

Selected for Distinguished Law Alumni Award by the Alumni Executive Committee of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. Award was based on leadership, progressive thinking, high standards, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage, and confidence.

Received distinction as Illinois Super Lawyer for past 20+ years by Illinois Super Lawyer publication.

Selected as Leading Lawyer, Commercial Litigation and Civil Appellate Law Member, The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Business Litigation (peer selection)
Listed in Illinois’ Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Civil Trial Practice, 1996-present

Received Chicago’s Top Attorneys 2012 Award

Rated AV Preeminent Lawyer, 2012

Selected Illinois Attorneys, Business Litigation Law

Honor Member: National Directory of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 1994-5