Michael A. Kuiken

For almost fifteen years, Mike Kuiken has served as nationwide coverage, claims, and trial counsel to corporate entities and domestic and international primary and excess insurers.  Mike’s domestic and international insurance experience includes the following areas:  professional liability, directors and officers, excess liability, Bermuda Form, commercial property, general liability, non-profit liability, and environmental. Mike’s litigation experience also includes the following areas: business torts, financial services, commercial subrogation, construction defect, premises liability, transportation, general tort defense.

In 2021, Mike earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation (“CPCU”) from The Institutes, with a concentration in commercial insurance lines.

Mike was identified an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Magazine while eligible (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). Mike provides topical client seminars, authors insurance-related articles and is very active in professional and charitable organizations.

Mike enjoyed a prior career as a professional television sports anchor and reporter.

Representative Matters

  • A $70 million Bermuda Form excess exposure arising out of bodily injury allegedly caused by insured’s agricultural products.
  • A $70 million Bermuda Form excess exposure arising out of property damage allegedly caused by insured’s products.
  • A midtown Manhattan crane collapse and a $25 million general liability exposure.
  • A $1.5 million D&O exposure arising from alleged negligence and Medicare fraud.
  • A $1 million professional liability exposure arising from alleged attorney fraud and theft.
  • A $15 million environmental cleanup claim and general liability exposure arising from multi-state soil contamination.
  • A $25 million ERISA claim under a D&O policy arising out alleged mismanagement of pension plan funds.
  • Litigation and trial counsel for insurer seeking more than $100 million in damages from its former MGA for violation of insurer’s underwriting guidelines.
  • Litigation and trial counsel in a $20 million construction negligence matter.
  • Successful solo trial counsel in three jury trials and over twenty arbitrations.

Education

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BA, Political Science

The University of Michigan Law School, JD

Licenses

State of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Designations: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)

Professional and Volunteer Organizations

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (Member, Junior Board)

University of Michigan Law School Club of Chicago (Member, Steering Committee)

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (Member, Steering Committee- Midwest Chapter)

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

CPCU Society