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   3Michael A. AirdoChicago(312) 506-4480mairdo@koponairdo.commairdo@koponairdo.comKopon Airdo LLCwww.koponairdo.comwww.koponairdo.comairdomichael.jpgAssociation & Non-Profit LawCivil Rights/Constitutional LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/FinancialCommercial LitigationEmployment LawProducts LiabilityTort LitigationInsurance Coverage
Michael A.
Kopon Airdo LLC
111 E Wacker Ste 500
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 506-4480 Fx.(312) 506-4460
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Association & Non-Profit Law    Commercial Litigation
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law    Employment Law
Personal Injury Defense Law: General     Products Liability
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial     Tort Litigation
    Insurance Coverage
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Airdo’s area of practice focuses on the litigation of complex civil matters, including premises cases, healthcare matters, and municipal matters. Through his work with Christian Brothers Services, he has a broad base of experience in representing the unique legal needs of religious institutes and religiously sponsored ministries. Mr. Airdo also specializes in legal matters involving not-for-profit corporations, educational institutes, small businesses, and mental health professionals. He has a wide array of experience in resolving matters through the alternative dispute resolution process.

He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his legal practice. Most recently, he has spoken on topics specific to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, HIPAA, and the liability issues that arise in retail establishments. Michael Airdo has regularly lead workshops on the legal and pastoral response of child-serving organizations to victims of childhood sexual abuse.

For several years, Mr. Airdo has served as civil legal counsel for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (“CMSM”). CMSM serves the leadership of the Catholic orders and congregations of the more than 20,000 vowed religious priests and brothers of the United States. He has also worked closely with the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (“RCRI”), whose membership is composed of leadership from religious institutes and societies of apostolic life from the United States and Canada. Mr. Airdo is also counsel to the Tooling & Manufacturing Association based in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Since 2001, Mr. Airdo has served on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Bartlett, Illinois. Michael Airdo is currently serving as Acting Village President. In addition to his municipal service, Mr. Airdo also serves as legal counsel to Arts in Bartlett.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • John Doe 171 v. Order of St. Benedict, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55544 (D.P.R. Apr. 20, 2012)

  • John Doe 174 v. Order of St. Benedict, 836 F. Supp. 2d 872 (D. Minn. 2011)

  • Johnson v. Augustinians, 396 Ill. App. 3d 437, 919 N.E.2d 492, 335 Ill. Dec. 773, November 25, 2009 (No. 1-08-2395.)

  • Clay v. Kuhl, 189 Ill. 2d 603, 727 N.E.2d 217, 244 Ill. Dec. 918, 2000 WL 46034, Ill., January 21, 2000 (Nos. 86938, 86941.)

  • Murray v. Chicago Youth Center, 352 Ill. App. 3d 95, 815 N.E.2d. 746, 287 Ill. Dec. 102, 2004 4725, 192 Ed. Law Rep. 542, Ill. App. 1 Dist., April 16, 2004 (no. 1-02-3615.)

  • American Family Ins. ex rel. Dunn v. Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc., 2003 WL 22139788, Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) P 16,748, N.D. Ill., September 16, 2003 (No. 00 C 50281)

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1996
U.S. District Court
  Northern District of Indiana, 2002
  Northern District of Illinois, 1996

Year of Birth:  1971

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1996

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
With honors
Order of the Coif

Undergraduate School:  DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A. - Political Science and English, 1993

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
International Association of Defense Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute

Published Legal Writing:  
“The Tri-Partite Relationship: Understanding and Managing the Relationship of the Insured, the Insurer, and Defense Counsel,” by Michael A. Airdo, Jeffrey A. Dollinger, and Neil G. Wolf, 2011.

“Understanding, Selecting and Using Insurance: A Guide for Religious Institutes,” by Kevin Duck and Michael A. Airdo, Esq., The Legal Bulletin, No. 83, Spring 2007, Legal Resource Center for Religious.

“Ministry Relationships and Risks for the Legally Unwary Religious Institute and Society of Apostolic Life: Examining Physical and Psychological Exploitation Scenarios That Can Give Rise To Individual and Institutional Liability,” by Michael A. Airdo, Esq., and Meghan E. Riley, Esq., The Legal Bulletin, No. 82, Fall 2006, Legal Resource Center for Religious.

“Nursing Home Charting and Documentation,” by Andrew Kopon, Jr., Michael A. Airdo, and Heather R. Watterson, Long-Term Care Interface, Vol. 6 (11) 2005.

Firm Description:  
Kopon Airdo, LLC is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality, responsive legal representation. Our AV rated trial law firm specializes in the areas of complex civil litigation, including employment law, construction disputes, product liability, insurance coverage and all aspects of tort defense. We have broad experience in successfully representing commercial businesses and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of matters that are headed toward, or are already in, litigation. Our unwavering commitment to our clients drives our work and our investment in state of the art technology and highly qualified and skilled trial attorneys.

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