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Michael C. Borders

Michael C. Borders

Vice Chairman


  • Litigation
  • Product Safety
  • Product Liability
  • Class Action Defense

WSG Practice Industries


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ABA Group

Illinois, U.S.A.


Michael C. Borders is Vice Chairman of the Firm and Office Managing Member of Dykema's Chicago office. Mr. Borders represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including insurance disputes, product liability, personal injury, commercial disputes, and class actions.

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1981


University of Notre Dame, J.D. University of Notre Dame, B.B.A.
Areas of Practice

Class Action Defense | Litigation | Product Liability | Product Safety

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments


Mr. Borders joined the Chicago office in 1981. His recent litigation experience has included the relatively unique representation of parents sued as the result of alleged crimes committed by their children. One lawsuit has resulted in repeat appearances on local and national television, including 60 Minutes. Over the years he has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation-related matters, including:

defending domestic and foreign manufacturers in product liability suits including manufacturers of a variety of industrial tools, presses, trucks, water heaters, adhesives and other industrial and consumer products

defending corporations and individuals, directly or through retention by an insurance carrier, in a variety of personal injury litigation

defending and prosecuting non-personal injury litigation, including breach of contract, employment agreements, insurance coverage disputes, civil rights and various commercial disputes

acted as national counsel to a manufacturer of industrial products, supervising its litigation throughout the United States. This includes selecting and supervising counsel as well as advising on the trial or settlement of claims. In addition, Mr. Borders advises clients in minimizing litigation exposure and on the legal implications of business decisions.

represented a number of prominent insurance companies with insurance coverage issues, including prosecuting and defending declaratory judgment and bad faith suits as well as consulting on the most appropriate course of action to resolve complex coverage issues

successfully tried lawsuits and argued appeals in both federal and state courts

acted as an arbitrator and has successfully represented clients in controversies submitted to arbitration or alternative dispute resolution.

Professional Associations

  • Board Member, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Mercy Housing Lakefront
  • Board Member, Friends of Prentice
  • American Bar Association (Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, Committees on Products, General Liability and Consumer Law and Insurance Coverage Litigation)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • University Club of Chicago
  • Member of the Federal Trial Bar, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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