Michael W. Clancy

Michael W. Clancy

Saint Charles, Illinois
888-820-1698 (Toll Free)

Michael is a trial lawyer who limits his practice to the representation of seriously injured people and their families. He has tried cases in four states in both state and federal court. He has been admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Michael was elected a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2009, was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2001, and he has held an "AV" rating, the highest available, from Martindale-Hubble for many years. He has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and was one of the 100 highest vote getters in the state of Illinois in 2010. He is an invited member of the Leading Lawyer Network and was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the state of Illinois for 2009-2010 by The American Trial Lawyers Association. He has been board-certified as a civil trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1995, and he has served as an examiner for the NBTA's national certification examination.

He is widely sought after as a continuing legal education lecturer, and has been invited to speak by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the United States Department of Justice, and many local bar associations. He is also a past Governor of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Michael also has a growing alternative dispute resolution practice. He was trained as a mediator by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, Illinois in 2005. He is an invited member of FINRA's panel of neutrals, an organization which addresses disputes between investors and brokers. Although Michael has particular experience in medical negligence and complex litigation matters, he has successfully mediated commercial, employment, juvenile, and other disputes.

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Products and Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy (Recertified 2000), 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • Illinois, 1992
  • Wisconsin, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1985


  • Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: National Moot Court Team 1983-1984
  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1981
    • Major: American Studies

Published Works

  • "Medical Malpractice Claim Evaluation and Intake", Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council, Vol. 39, No. 5 pp. 1-3, 2004
  • "Selection and Management of Expert Witnesses", Tort Trends, Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council, Vol. 38, No. 3 pp. 1-5, 2003
  • "Handling Accident Cases", West, Vol. 1, Chapter 116, Section 156C, 2001
  • "Claim Evaluation", (Chapter 3 Co-authored with Richard Hunsaker), Medical Malpractice Handbook (Levy and Brown, Ed.), IICLE, 2006


  • Guest Lecturer, "Medical Malpractice Claim Evaluation", IICLE, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois, May, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, "Conducting Depositions in Illinois", National Business Institute, 2005
  • Instructor, "Demonstrative Evidence in Your Personal Injury Trial - When, What, Why and How Much?", TRT, Inc., 2005
  • Instructor, "Personal Injury Case Evaluation and Intake - Make Your Accountant and Malpractice Insurer Happy", TRT, Inc., 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, "Advanced Personal Injury Practice in Illinois", National Business Institute, 2005
  • Moderator, "Civil Practice Update Seminar", Kane County Bar Association, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, "Nursing Home Malpractice in Illinois: Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial", National Business Institute, 2004
  • CLE Lecturer, "Anatomy of an Automobile Case", Illinois State Bar Association, 2004
  • Guest Lecturer, "Medical Records for Illinois Attorneys", National Business Institute, 2003
  • Guest Lecturer, "Taking Depositions", Northern Illinois University College of Law, 2003
  • Amended Rule 213, Illinois Paralegal Association, 2002
  • Amended Rule 213, Kane County Bar Association, 2002
  • HMO Liability, Illinois trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
  • Preparation and Handling of Experts, IICLE, Chicago and Springfield, IL, 2001
  • Moderator, Damages: How to Minimize -- How to Maximize, Kane County Bar Association, 2001
  • Settlement: How to Do It and How Not to Do It, Kane County Bar Association, 2000
  • Dynamic Demonstrative Evidence, Northern Illinois University/ATLA, Dekalb, IL, 2000
  • Lecturer, "Discovery", DuPage County Bar Association Second Annual Mega Meeting, 2000
  • TV Show Appearance Discussing "Big Verdicts", Legal Ease Kane County Bar Association's Public Access, 2000
  • CLE Lecturer, "Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213(f) and (g)-A Primer", Illinois Paralegal Association Annual Education Seminar, 1999
  • CLE Lecturer " Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213 (f) and (g) and Medical Lien Issues", DuPage County Bar Association, 1999
  • CLE Lecturer, "Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213 (f) and (g)", DuPage County Bar Association, 1999
  • Regional Judge/Evaluator, National Trial Competition, 1999
  • CLE Lecturer, "Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213 (f) and (g)", Kane County Bar Association, 1998
  • Volunteer, "Lawyer in the Classroom", Kane County Bar Foundation, 1998
  • Instructor, "Training for New Arbitrators", Circuit Court Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, 1998
  • Invited Participant, "Practicing Law in the Twenty First Century: Professionalism, Technology and Dispute Resolution, ISBA Allerton House Conference, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2001 - Present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2006 - Present
  • Selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois by The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Member, Leading Lawyer Network, 2008 - Present
  • Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Leading Lawyer, 2009 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kane County Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Elected Member, Board of Governors, 1999 - 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Scope and Correlation Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • Special Committee on Amicus Curaie, Appointed Chair and Member, 2001 - 2002
  • Special Committee to Implement the Operational Study, Appointed Chair & Member, 2000 - 2002
  • Special Committee on ISBA Facilities, Appointed Member, 2000 - 2002
  • Standing Committee on Supreme Court Rules, Appointed Member, 1998 - 2000
  • Circuit Court of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Arbitrator (Chair Qualified), 1995 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Examiner, 1997 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Medical-Legal Committee, 1997 - Present
  • Worcester Superior Court, Court Appointed Arbitrator, 1990 - 1992
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
  • Will County Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 - Present
  • FINRA, Arbitrator, 2008 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Michael W. Clancy, Founding Partner, 1987 - 1992
  • Bowditch & Dewey, Associate, 1985 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • General Counsel, Homes for Lost and Endangered Pets, Inc, 2007 - Present