Flaherty & Youngerman, P.C. is designated in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers for its civil trial practice. The firm serves as trial and appellate counsel for legal and financial malpractice, design and construction defect, community association, media, fiduciary, privacy, insurance coverage, personal injury, civil statutory and commercial cases.
Michael Flaherty is best known for his work as a legal malpractice lawyer. For more than 20 years, he has served as lead trial counsel in virtually every type of legal malpractice case. He also regularly represents lawyers in ethics, discipline and law practice management matters and serves as outside general counsel to several law firms.
Mr. Flaherty has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1983 and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. He is rated AV® PreeminentTM in the Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell peer rating system, a Lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been included in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Chicago Magazine - Illinois Super Lawyers publications in the area of legal malpractice. He is an Adjunct Professor (Professional Responsibility Clinical Trial Course), Northwestern University School of Law, since 1994. He has been a Faculty Member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Professional Responsibility Institute of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Mr. Flaherty is a Liaison to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. He is a Member of the ABA Center of Professional Responsibility, the ABA Legal Malpractice Data Center, the ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee, and the ABA Ethics and Professionalism Litigation Committee. Previously, he served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee On Legal Malpractice, Editorial Board Member of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Member of the American Bar Association Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation, Co-Chair of the 2002 Global Forum on International Legal Ethics and Risk Management, Florence, Italy, Co-Chair of the 2000 Global Forum on Multi-Discipline and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Cambridge, England, and ABA Reporter at the 2000 U.S. Chief Justices Conference on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice. Mr. Flaherty has been a featured speaker on law of lawyering issues at more than 50 national and international conferences and regularly presents continuing education programs to law firms.