Michael G. McQuillen
Partner

P: 312.422.5702
F: 312.345.9860
E: mmcquillen@amm-law.com
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Attorney Profile

Michael McQuillen, a founding partner of Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP, primarily represents airlines, aircraft and product component manufacturers, and aviation insurers.  He is an accomplished trial lawyer, having tried several air carrier and product liability cases before juries in state and federal courts for over 30 years. Along with other members of the Firm, Mike has represented major airlines in several high profile accidents, and has also represented cargo carriers, regional air carriers, helicopter operators, fixed-base operators, individual aircraft owners, and corporate operators. On the products side, he has represented manufacturers of airframes, jet engines, turbine engines, piston engines, valves, vacuum pumps, autopilots, flight control systems, ground proximity warning systems, collision avoidance systems, and various other avionics and component parts.  

He has presented numerous speeches and papers on aviation law topics to several industry groups including the Southern Methodist University School of Law Aviation Law Symposium, Risk Management Society, Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Air & Space Law, John Marshall Law Review, IFR Magazine, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Journal, American Bonanza Society Magazine, as well as many aviation-related conferences and conventions. 

Mike is also a past Chairman of the Aviation Section of Chicago Bar Association, was made a life member of the National Registry of Who's Who, 2001, and was voted by his peers as one of the "Top Lawyers in Illinois" in Crain's Chicago Business, January 2005.

Mike is an active pilot who has been flying continuously for over 35 years. He has a commercial license for single and multi-engine land aircraft, and a private license for single engine seaplanes. He has logged over 4000 flight hours and currently flies a Beech Baron. In a former life he held a Category C (advanced) skydiver license and a Jumpmaster rating from the United States Parachute Association.


Speeches, Publications and Presentations

  • "Bill To Change Definition of Public Aircraft," Volume 1, #1, Forum Committee on Air & Space Law 7 (1983).
  • "Control Is Key to Bailment in Florida," Volume 1, #2, Forum Committee on Air & Space Law 6 (1984).
  • "Proposal For Commuter Category Aircraft," Volume 1, #2, Forum Committee on Air & Space Law 9 (1984).
  • "The FAA And Cabin Safety," Volume 1, #2, Forum Committee on Air & Space Law 5 (1984).
  • Prah v. Maretti: Solar Rights and Private Nuisance Law, 16 John Marshall Law Review 435 (1983).
  • "Will Your Insurance Cover You?" IFR Magazine at 20 (Sept. 1985).
  • "Court Voids Aviation Insurance Policy," Lawyer Pilots Bar Ass'n Journal at 18 (Fall 1990).
  • "Effect of Misrepresentations In An Application Form," American Bonanza Society Magazine at 3751 (Jan. 1995).
  • "The Deception About The Inception Rule: Coverage For VFR Pilots in IFR Conditions," at 60, Journal of Air Law and Commerce 179-235, 1994, presented to the Southern Methodist University School of Law Aviation Law Symposium, February 1994.
  • Speaker Panel, "Conquering Complexity: How to Make Complex Technical Cases Understandable To a Jury" at the Products Liability Litigation and Aviation Committee of the American Bar Association Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 1997.
  • Speaker Panel, "Victims' Rights in Aviation Disasters" at the Aviation Insurance Association's 22nd Annual Education Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2-5, 1998.
  • Speaker Panel, "Closing Argument in Product Liability Trial"  at the Products Liability Litigation and Aviation Committee of the American Bar Association Meeting, New York, May 13, 1999.
  • Speaker Panel, "Product Liability Issues in Aerospace"  at the Aerospace Manufacturing Section of the Risk Insurance Managers Society Meeting in San Francisco, California, May 2, 2000.
  • Speaker, "Aviation Law Update" at the Aviation Section of the Chicago Bar Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 2006.
  • Speaker / Defense Attorney, Mock Trial Involving Tug-Aircraft Collision, at Aviation Insurance Association Seminar in Palm Springs, California, May 1, 2007. 
  • "Consideration Regarding the Use of Complex Evidence at Trial" Presented to the Southern Methodist University School of Law Aviation Law Symposium, February 2010, Dallas, Texas.
  • Speaker, "Transferring An Aviation Case Based on Forum Non Conveniens" at the Aviation Section of the Chicago Bar Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois, May 5, 2010.
  • Fraenkel, McQuillen, Battista, Olson, "Collecting, Preserving and Presenting Evidence in Domestic and Foreign Aircraft Accident Cases", Annals of Air and Space Law (McGill), Vol. XXXV-1, p.51-74. (2010).
  • McQuillen, Saranecki, Kim, Schlueter, "Punitive Damages In Aviation Litigation," Litigating The Aviation Case - 4th Ed., / Tips, January 2015
  • Speaker, "Liability and Fault Apportionment: Strategically Shifting the Focus Away from Your Client Early On" at the American Conference Institute Aviation Litigation Forum in Boston, Mass., June 22, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Trial Tactics and Skills for the Aviation Practitioner," American Bar Association Aviation and Space Law Committee,Washington,DC, October 18-19, 2012.
  • Speaker / Author: "An Overview of Air Show Liability in the USA" presented to the Southern Methodist University School of Law Aviation Law Symposium, March 2013.
  • Moderator, Speaker, and co-author "Emerging Technology In Aviation And Legal Implications", presented to American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practiced Session, Washington, DC, October 23 2014

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., with distinction, 1984
    Executive Candidacy Editor, John Marshall Law Review
  • Illinois State University, B.S., Finance, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado