Michael A. McCaskey

Biography

Mike is an accomplished litigator practicing in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in all phases of litigation and, over the course of his career, has successfully represented a diverse clientele in a broad range of complex commercial and catastrophic liability litigation. Mike’s national practice includes advising clients in product liability, construction, insurance, banking and commercial disputes, and class actions. He has tried cases to verdict in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in the country.

Mike’s excellence has been recognized by others. In 2017, Mike was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of Illinois’ “Forty Under 40 Attorneys to Watch,” honoring attorneys age 40 and under who stand out as leaders in the legal profession. For seven years straight, Mike has been named an Illinois Rising Star, an annual award given to less than five percent of Illinois attorneys (2011-2017). Mike has been selected as a speaker and author on topics related to strategies associated with complex litigation, discovery and trial techniques. 

Mike is active in the leadership at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, serving on various practice group committees and firm leadership roles. Mike believes in giving back to the profession; he has served as the firm liaison to the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Investing in Justice Campaign for the last two years, obtaining record contributions in each year. In 2017, Mike was elected to his second term as a board member to the State Bar of Wisconsin where he advises on behalf of the nonresident lawyer division. He is also serving as an appointed board member of the Defense Research Institute’s Product Liability Committee.

Mike is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
 

Practices

General Trial Practice
Product Liability
Construction
Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services
Class Action Defense
Insurance
Fire and Explosion Litigation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Board Member, DRI Automotive Product Liability Committee (2016-Current)
    • Board Member, Young Lawyers Steering Committee (2015-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin State Bar Nonresidents Lawyer Division (2015-2017; 2017-Current)

Awards

  • Named one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" in Law Bulletin Media's Annual Survey, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2011-2018
  • Best Product Liability Practice - Illinois, Corporate America LegalElite, 2015

Publications

  • “Exhuming the Deceased and Advanced Investigative Techniques for Millennials,” DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, June 2017, Michael A. McCaskey, Tara Ruhparwar, Esq., Sridhar Natarajan, M.D.
  • "Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology," For the Defense, December 2016, Michael A. McCaskey, William McDonald, Esq. Charles Smith, Esq.
  • "The Widespread Impact of the FCC's 2014 Ruling Relating to Fax Advertising," DRI Commercial Litigation Newsletter, May 2015, Julie D. Miller, Joseph P. Kincaid, Michael A. McCaskey.
  • 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update, DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2015
  • 8th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update, DRI Product Liability Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2013
  • 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update, DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2010
  • “Terrorism: $25 Million Judgment Against Iran,” The Globe, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on International and Immigration Law, March 2003

Presentations

  • “Exhuming the Deceased and Advanced Investigative Techniques for Millennials,” DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, June 2017
  • "CSI and the Use of Forensic Evidence in Defending Civil Litigation," Kentucky Defense Counsel Spring Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2017
  • "Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology and Social Media Law Update," Kentucky Defense Counsel Spring Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2017
  • "CSI: Forensic Evidence in Product Liability Cases and Trials," DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2015
  • “Winning Over the Jury: Strategies for Overcoming the Hurdles Inherent in Defending Automotive Product Liability Actions,” ACI Annual Automotive Product Liability Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009

News

Chicago, June 11, 2018
Haddox Named to Law Bulletin Media's "40 Under Forty" List
Haddox was recognized for his work in Contract Disputes, Construction Litigation and Product Liability matters.

Chicago, Libertyville, Madison County, January 26, 2018
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 35 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is proud to have 20 Super Lawyers and 14 Rising Stars among its attorneys.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County, January 23, 2018
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2018
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, November 8, 2017
McCaskey Named to Law Bulletin's "40 Under Forty" List
According to "40 Under Forty," to be named to the list, honorees must have intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community, and a willingness to work hard.

Chicago, October 19, 2017
SMB Attorneys Win Partial Summary Judgment in TCPA Class Action Lawsuit
The decision is one of the only in the country in which a court enforced the retroactive FCC waiver as a matter of law to dispose of a plaintiff’s TCPA claims based on improper opt-out notices.

Chicago, August 16, 2017
McCaskey Moderates Panel at DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar
McCaskey lead will lead two panelists in a discussion on "Exhuming the Deceased and Advanced Investigative Techniques for Millennials."

Chicago, March 29, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
For the second year in a row, all attorneys in the firm's Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, Madison County and St. Louis offices donated to the campaign.

Chicago, March 27, 2017
McCaskey Speaks at Kentucky Defense Counsel Spring Seminar
McCaskey spoke on "CSI and the Use of Forensic Evidence in Defending Civil Litigation" and "Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology and Social Media Law."

Chicago, January 16, 2017
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 38 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, December 20, 2016
McCaskey Co-Authors DRI For the Defense Article
The article focuses on the use of internet and social media for researching and accessing information to be used in automotive litigation.

Chicago, September 9, 2016
McCaskey Named DRI Automotive Product Liability Marketing Chair
McCaskey will serve in this role for a year.

Chicago, May 5, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers List
Thirty-six Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys were named Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers.

Chicago, April 15, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Supports Investing in Justice Campaign
For the first time in firm history, 100 percent of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys donated to the campaign, including attorneys at the firm's St. Louis and Madison County offices.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, August 4, 2015
McCaskey Named to DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee
He will serve in the role for 2015-2016.

Chicago, May 5, 2015
McCaskey Elected to Board of Directors for Non-Resident Lawyer Division of State Bar of Wisconsin
The Nonresident Lawyers Division provides nonresident members opportunities for participation in the governance of the State Bar.

Chicago, April 24, 2015
Miller, Kincaid and McCaskey Author DRI Commercial Litigation Article
The article discussed the impact of the FCC's 2014 ruling relating to fax advertising.

Chicago, April 6, 2015
Recent Results Highlight Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Growing Strength in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property
Long known for its depth in tort defense and trial experience, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s success continues in other litigation areas.

Chicago, February 9, 2015
McCaskey, Clyder Authors 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update
The update was distributed at DRI's Product Liablity Conference in Las Vegas.

Chicago, February 9, 2015
McCaskey Addresses Forensic Evidence in Product Liability Cases and Trials
McCaskey's presentation was part of DRI's annual Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas.

Chicago, January 29, 2015
Bell, McCaskey Recognized in "Unique Verdicts of 2014" Publication
The case was tried in Cook County, Ill. in March 2014.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, December 12, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Obtain Retroactive FCC Waiver Leading to Dismissal of Class Action Lawsuit
The FCC granted a retroactive waiver regarding laws requiring opt-out notices on fax advertisements. The ruling led to the dismissal of a lawsuit, and a sweeping change to the law.

Chicago, March 31, 2014
Bell, McCaskey Win Not Guilty Verdict in Cook County
The trial resulted in a defense verdict for Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's client, an industrial lift manufacturer.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Chicago, October 21, 2013
McCaskey Wins Second Consecutive Oyster-Slurping Contest
McCaskey once again won $1,000 for his efforts.

Chicago, January 30, 2013
McCaskey, Clyder Author Eighth Circuit Product Liability Case Update
The update will be distributed with materials for the upcoming DRI Product Liability Conference outside Washington, D.C.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, Lisle, Libertyville, January 19, 2011
Thirty Swanson, Martin & Bell Attorneys Selected for 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is pleased to announce that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Chicago, April 16, 2010
McCaskey Co-Authors 7th Circuit Product Liability Case Law Update
The update was distributed with course materials at the DRI 2010 Product Liability Conference.

Chicago, November 20, 2009
McCaskey Serves as Panelist at ACI Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation
McCaskey and fellow panelists addressed, “Winning Over the Jury: Strategies for Overcoming the Hurdles Inherent in Defending Automotive Product Liability Litigation.”

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