Michael Gunzburg is a seasoned personal injury and medical malpractice trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience. After graduating from John Marshall Law School as a night student in 1981, he began his career as a defense attorney representing corporate clients in a variety of complex personal injury and product liability cases, ranging from construction site accidents at nuclear power plants to manufacturing plant explosions, and mass tort litigation. In 1997. Michael switched to plaintiff side of the bar and began representing injured clients in a wide range personal injury cases. Examples of the types of cases he has successfully handled include construction site accidents, roof collapses, railroad crossing defects, accidental shootings and firearms defects, and sexual abuse by clergy and other professionals.
Memberships and Associations:
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Member
- Illinois Bar Association
Over the past 20 years, Michael has developed a particular interest in representing clients who have been the victims of medical negligence. In 1998, he recovered $16 million against an HMO on behalf of client who suffered a catastrophic stroke as a result of the HMO’s failure to expedite his referral to a neurologist. At the time, it was the highest reported medical malpractice settlement in the State of Illinois. Other noteworthy verdicts and settlements include:
- $7.5 million medical malpractice settlement for the family a woman who died as a result of the failure of her nurses and physician to diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolism.
- $7 million verdict for a child who suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligent storage of a firearm.
- $2.1 million medical malpractice verdict for the family of an infant who died as a result of negligence during labor and delivery.
- $3 million settlement for a roofer who suffered fractured wrists when a roof collapsed.
- $9 million medical malpractice settlement for a man who suffered a brain stem stroke as a result of the failure of the timely administer a clot-busting medication (tPA).
Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Michael prides himself in providing ethical, creative, tenacious and devoted representation of his clients with a degree of professionalism that has earned him the respect of the judiciary and his peers. Michael understands that for many of his clients who have suffered catastrophic injury or loss, the outcome of the case may have a profound impact on the quality of their lives and therefore strives to provide compassionate representation and to keep his clients informed and invested.