Michael L. Gallagher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Wise Morrissey LLC
 | 161 North Clark Street, Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-985-0930
Fax: 312-580-2041
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael L. Gallagher is an attorney with the Wise Morrissey, LLC, law firm in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated, award-winning trial and appellate attorney, Mr. Gallagher devotes his practice primarily to personal injury law. He represents the rights and interests of clients throughout the greater Chicago metro area who suffered an injury or lost a loved one as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1999, Mr. Gallagher earned his Master of Public Administration in 2000. He then attended DePaul University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2003 and won the CALI Excellence Awards in Trial Advocacy I & II. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Gallagher served as a supervisor of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office's Torts and Civil Rights Section, and he holds the distinction of being the youngest attorney to ever hold the position. In this role, he gained significant trial and appellate experience, prosecuting and defending his clients in dozens of state and federal trials, as well as more than 65 appeals.

During this time, Mr. Gallagher handled several high-profile and highly complex wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, most notably those against the Cook County Sheriff's Office. From his efforts, he was able to secure nonguilty verdicts for all defendant clients at retrial, and he was able to obtain a favorable verdict on behalf of 18 members of the sheriff's department for wrongful death.

His experience as an injury defense attorney has served Mr. Gallagher well as he focuses his practice primarily on representing plaintiff clients. As evidence of this, he recently helped secure a verdict in excess of $14 million for the surviving family members of a girl who died due to medical malpractice.

Recognized for his outstanding legal abilities and effectiveness at jury trials and appeals, Mr. Gallagher earned a "40 Under 40 Leading Lawyer" designation from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as well as a Top 10 Illinois Emerging Lawyer designation from Leading Lawyers. He has also received many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Mr. Gallagher is a member of the Federal Bar and Chicago Bar Associations, and he serves as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Federal Civil Practice Committee.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%)

Civil Rights (10%): Police Misconduct

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2020

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About Michael Gallagher

Admitted: 2003, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.wisemorrissey.com/About-WM/Michael-L-Gallagher.s...

Honors/Awards:

  • "40 under 40" Leading Lawyers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin named Michael one of its 2016 "40 under 40" Leading Lawyers, 2016
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyer magazine, Super Lawyer's magazine named Michael one of its "Super Lawyers," 2019
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyer magazine, Leading Lawyer's magazine named Michael one of its "Leading Lawyers," 2018 - 2019
  • Top 10 Illinois Emerging Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Leading Lawyers magazine recognized Michael as an "Emerging Attorney," 2016 - 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, CBA Federal Civil Practice Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois, 2003

Educational Background:

  • Drake University, B.A. - 1999
  • Drake University, M.P.A. - 2000
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Office Location for Michael L. Gallagher

161 North Clark Street
Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-985-0930

Fax: 312-580-2041

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Last Updated: 11/26/2019

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