About Michael T. Reagan


Michael T. Reagan

Extensive Experience in:

  • Appeals/Illinois Supreme Court
  • Appeals/Appellate Districts
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Civil Trials
  • Complex Motions & Procedures

Practice Description

Mr. Reagan is experienced in both the trial and appeal of civil cases. He has tried cases in numerous Illinois counties. He has handled appeals in the Illinois Supreme Court, every district of the Illinois Appellate Court, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Many of those cases have established or refined developing legal principles. His representation has ranged across a broad client base. He has written and presented many educational programs, most frequently on insurance coverage, appellate, and contribution issues.

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1972


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972
  • Purdue University, B.S., mechanical engineering, 1969


  • Illinois Registration & Disciplinary Review Board, January 2022-December 2024
  • Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 2016
  • Special Supreme Court Committee on Unpublished Opinions/Supreme Court Rule 23
    • Member, 2003-2016
    • Special Committee on Rule 23, former co-chair
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, 1985-1995
    • Tort Reform Subcommittee, former chair
    • Contribution Subcommittee, former chair
    • Appointed Reporter, January 1996-September 2003

Bar/Professional Association Involvement

  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
    • President, 1995-1996
    • Chair, Past Presidents Advisory Committee, 2001-present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • LaSalle County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of the City of Chicago
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Standing Committee on Judicial  Advisory Polls, former member
    • Council on Environmental Control Law, former member
    • Tort Law Section Council, former chair
    • Select ad hoc Committee on Judicial Merit Selection, 1995-1996
    • President’s Committee for Access to Justice, 1996-1997
    • President’s Committee on the Future of the Profession, former member
    • Conference on the Future of the Courts, former Steering Committee member
    • Special Committee on Appellate Practice, former co-chair

Awards; Honors; Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2022, Appellate Practice, Chicago
  • Best Lawyers, 2013-present
  • Super Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Profiled by Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Leading Lawyers, 2003-present
  • Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine, Business Edition 2009
  • Top 10 Leading Illinois Downstate Business Lawyers
  • Top 10 Leading Illinois Civil Appellate Lawyers
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, fellow, 2003
  • Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award, ISBA Small Firm Section, 2009
  • ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers Laureate Award, 2017