Michael F. Burns Associate

Phone: (312) 458-1619
Fax: (312) 460-8299
Assistant Name: Kathryn Schmitt
Assistant Phone: (312) 634-7744
Mike graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983 and has since devoted his professional life to being a trial lawyer, defending a wide variety of personal injury claims including those arising out of premises liability, dram shop, food poisoning, lead poisoning and fire loss. To date he has tried 55 cases to a jury verdict.

In 2007 Mike joined Chilton Yambert Porter LLP where he concentrates his practice on Transportation Law, defending wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases arising out of both automobile and commercial trucking claims.

Mike believes that juries make their decisions based on the evidence and that his job is to go get it. In 2018 Mike went to verdict four times, calling a total of 13 treating medical providers to testify at trial, more treating medical providers than any other lawyer in Cook County that year, per his review of the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.

Practice Areas

General Negligence, Premises Liability

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois (1983)


  • J.D. IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1983
  • B.S., Business Administration with a minor in Accounting Illinois State University, 1980
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