Michael W. Duffy, Esq.

877 449 4700

Michael Duffy


181 W Madison, Suite 3475
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312-260-0806
Email: mduffy@MerlinLawGroup.com

Licensed in:

  • Illinois

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois, 1982 (Trial Bar)

Attorneys by State

New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
U.S. Virgin Islands
Washington, D.C.

Michael W. Duffy, Esq.

Mike began practicing in the early 1980’s at a nationally known insurance defense firm, where he became a partner in 1986 and a Firm Director in 1996. While at this firm, he obtained multiple defense verdicts on behalf of the auto and construction product industries throughout the country.  He also obtained multiple defense verdicts across the United States on cases involving construction defect, business and commercial disputes, coverage and negligence.  He garnered notoriety for several defense verdicts involving catastrophic personal injuries as a result of truck tire and wheel mounting explosions.

In 2002, Mike became a partner in a nationally recognized plaintiff firm specializing in the representation of underpaid and denied individual and corporate policyholders throughout the country.  He tried multiple cases on behalf of insureds through the country involving windstorm, hail, hurricane, fire, water, and vandalism losses.  He has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts for wronged insureds.  In addition, Mike was one of the first attorneys in the US who developed property and injury mold litigation against insurance companies and other entities; he worked on some of the first mold trials in the country.

Mike has been consistently AV Pre-eminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest such ranking available.  He has also been named a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer for years.  He is a member of the Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization.  He has litigated in 44 states and tried cases in 19 states in Federal and state courthouses.

Throughout his career as a policyholder advocate, Mike has spoken at the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, as well as National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and the Windstorm Conference. He has spoken at the University of Wisconsin Engineering Extension on experts-preparation and examining; insurance litigation; trial practice; mold; construction product litigation; construction defect; and water intrusion/building envelope issues. He has spoken at the American Association for Justice on insurance and mold issues and has been an AAJ section leader. Mike has trained individuals how to be effective expert witnesses. He has also spoken extensively on the prosecution of property claims on behalf of insureds due to delay, underpayment or denial. Finally, he has given presentations to roofers, contractors, adjusters and attorneys regarding wind and hailstorm insurance issues.


University of Notre Dame
B.A., Government Studies
With Honors

Loyola University of Chicago
School of Law, J.D

Loyola School National Moot Court Team- 1981