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Michael D. Fisher


MICHAEL D. FISHER is a partner at the law offices of GWC Injury Lawyers, having started his career at the firm in 1985 as a law clerk and then as an associate attorney in 1987.

He is an aggressive and sophisticated litigator who represents clients in all areas of personal injury law including construction negligence, workplace accidents, products liability, trucking accidents, automobile accidents, premises liability, and wrongful death.  Michael has successfully handled cases in both State and Federal Courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois 1986
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1986

Associations & Memberships

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine “Leading Attorney in Illinois”
  • Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association


Education History

  • University of California, Davis
  • DePaul University College of Law

Michael has secured over $250 million dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for his clients and broke the firm’s previous record of $13,750,000.00 for a personal injury settlement. Some of his other verdicts and settlements include:

  • $10.5 million for a Teamster who sustained a traumatic, below the knee amputation after being partially run over by a road grinding machine (settlement)
  • $10 million for a pipefitter who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he fell through a false ceiling (settlement)
  • $9.3 million for the family of a factory worker killed in an automobile accident (jury verdict)
  • $8 million for plaintiffs suing over the death of a 52-year-old union cement mason who was fatally hurt while trying to help an injured friend off a ladder on the friend’s property (settlement)
  • $8 million for the family of a union tuckpointer who was fatally injured in an unwitnessed lift tipover accident (settlement)
  • $6.4 million for the family of an ironworker who was killed during the erection of a steel bridge (settlement)
  • $5.13 million for a laborer who sustained a traumatic brain injury and fractured shoulder when he was struck by a crane boom (settlement)
  • $4.99 million for a union elevator mechanic who injured his shoulder and spine in a construction accident (settlement)
  • $4.5 million for an electrician who sustained a knee injury while climbing out of a job site excavation (settlement)
  • $4.1 million for an electrician who sustained a knee injury when a switch gear fell on his leg during transport (jury verdict)
  • $4 million for a millwright who was rendered a paraplegic when a portion of a conveyor system fell on him (settlement)
  • $3,545,546.32 for the family of a concrete laborer who was killed in a construction accident (binding arbitration award)
  • $3 million for a concrete laborer who sustained severe burns and a shoulder injury after sustaining an electric shock (largest personal injury settlement in Jo Daviess County)
  • $2.84 million for a painter who fell from a scissors lift (largest personal injury jury verdict in Jo Daviess County)
  • Over $2.165 million for a union sheet metal worker who fell through a deteriorated roof (settlement)
  • More than $2.05 million for a union marble setter who suffered shoulder, elbow, and neck injuries on a commercial building project (settlement)

Michael has been recognized by his peers for his accomplishments as a trial lawyer.  He has received the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter’s prestigious award for “Trial Lawyer Excellence”; Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s “Leading Attorney in Illinois” by virtue of the number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements he has obtained for his clients; Illinois Leading Lawyer Network’s designation as a “Leading Lawyer” (only 5% of the State’s lawyers in any practice area are so designated); and the designation as a “Super Lawyer” by The Super Lawyers Organization.

Michael is married and has three great children.