Michael O. Vates
Michael O. Vates

Michael O. Vates

Partner

312-596-4913
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Patty Cervantes
312-596-4927

Mike is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He primarily defends construction companies in civil legal matters with a focus on contract and personal injury disputes. Throughout his more than 18 years of practice, Mike has handled matters in the areas of transportation litigation, premises liability, railroad litigation, general torts, administrative law, negligence and insurance coverage.

Mike’s approach to case defense begins with determining an effective litigation strategy, be it a quick resolution or taking the matter to a jury verdict.  While comfortable in a courtroom, Mike has also successfully represented clients in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

When not advocating for his clients, Mike can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family or cheering on his beloved Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Bears. He is active in his community, supporting St. Edna’s Catholic Church.

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1997

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Veldhuizen v. IC, 2007 M5 1257: Mike obtained a not guilty verdict defending a railroad company in a high exposure FELA lawsuit.
  • Hester v. Motel 6: First district affirmed summary judgment.
  • Bio

    Mike is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He primarily defends construction companies in civil legal matters with a focus on contract and personal injury disputes. Throughout his more than 18 years of practice, Mike has handled matters in the areas of transportation litigation, premises liability, railroad litigation, general torts, administrative law, negligence and insurance coverage.

    Mike’s approach to case defense begins with determining an effective litigation strategy, be it a quick resolution or taking the matter to a jury verdict.  While comfortable in a courtroom, Mike has also successfully represented clients in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

    When not advocating for his clients, Mike can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family or cheering on his beloved Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Bears. He is active in his community, supporting St. Edna’s Catholic Church.

  • Practice Areas
  • Credentials

    Education

    • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2000
    • B.A., Northwestern University, 1997

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Affiliations
    • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Notable Decisions
    • Veldhuizen v. IC, 2007 M5 1257: Mike obtained a not guilty verdict defending a railroad company in a high exposure FELA lawsuit.
    • Hester v. Motel 6: First district affirmed summary judgment.

Bio

Mike is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He primarily defends construction companies in civil legal matters with a focus on contract and personal injury disputes. Throughout his more than 18 years of practice, Mike has handled matters in the areas of transportation litigation, premises liability, railroad litigation, general torts, administrative law, negligence and insurance coverage.

Mike’s approach to case defense begins with determining an effective litigation strategy, be it a quick resolution or taking the matter to a jury verdict.  While comfortable in a courtroom, Mike has also successfully represented clients in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

When not advocating for his clients, Mike can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family or cheering on his beloved Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Bears. He is active in his community, supporting St. Edna’s Catholic Church.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1997

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Notable Decisions

  • Veldhuizen v. IC, 2007 M5 1257: Mike obtained a not guilty verdict defending a railroad company in a high exposure FELA lawsuit.
  • Hester v. Motel 6: First district affirmed summary judgment.