Michael Duffy, Esq.


Michael “Mike” Duffy 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.

Additionally, Mike has also 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 also trained individuals on how to be effective expert witnesses. He has 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.

Mike began practicing in the early 1980s 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 across 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 U.S. to develop 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 Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest such ranking available. He has also been named a “leading lawyer” and a “super lawyer” for years and continues to be a dominant and well-respected attorney.

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Founded in 1985, our law firm continues to be dedicated to representing insurance policyholders throughout the United States. Collectively, our lawyers are licensed to practice in 25 states. In fact, many of Merlin Law Group’s attorneys worked for the insurance industry before joining the firm, so they bring a strong understanding of insurance company practices. Anyone can file a claim, but it takes experience, knowledge, and savvy to achieve a truly successful outcome. As The Policyholder’s Advocate®, Merlin Law Group aims to drive positive change within the insurance sector by obtaining justice for our clients and educating policyholders on how to navigate insurer bad faith tactics.

When we handle property insurance claim disputes, we hire the most experienced and qualified expert witnesses to evaluate your insurance claim and testify on your behalf. In most cases, we can advance the fees for this. Typically, we hire experts such as engineers, contractors, independent roofing consultants and other professionals to perform a thorough assessment on all possible causes of damages. This is a process that provides us with a very detailed and all-inclusive estimate for determining and justifying a proper settlement. Our use of these professional expert witnesses sets us apart from other insurance law firms.

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