Michael G. Zolfo, Associate


Mike Zolfo represents manufacturers, property owners, and equipment rental companies in product liability defense, premises liability, and negligence matters. He has experience defending clients at all stages of litigation, in addition to advising clients on litigation avoidance strategies. Mike's clients include large national and international companies that manufacture and rent exercise equipment, aerial lifts, motorcycles, and medical devices.

His recent experience includes:

  • Obtaining summary judgment on strict products liability and negligence claims in Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, for company alleged to have designed, manufactured, and sold defective bio-identical hormone pellets which led to plaintiff’s development of breast cancer;
  • Defending appeal of summary judgment win in the Illinois Appellate Court (First District), upholding trial court ruling that plaintiff should not be granted leave to file amended complaint after summary judgment because amendment would not cure defects and was not timely;
  • Obtaining dismissal of willful and wanton and punitive damages claims in St. Clair County, Illinois on behalf of a manufacturer of spinal implants;
  • Defending a manufacturer of consumer packaging products in premises liability lawsuits;
  • Defending a renter of construction equipment, including boom lifts and scissor lifts, in wrongful death lawsuits;
  • Obtaining dismissal of premises liability asbestos lawsuit filed in Madison County, Illinois against restaurant chain; and 
  • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice of breach of contract, fraud, and Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act claims filed in Cook County against cellular service provider.
  • Obtaining dismissal of strict products liability claims against a major motorcycle manufacturer after successfully transferring action from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, and arguing for application of North Carolina's statute of repose.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2018)
    • Chicago-Kent Law Review, Executive Notes & Comments Editor
    • Dean's List
    • CALI Award for Legal Writing 1, Fall 2015; Trial Advocacy I, Fall 2016; Trial Advocacy II, Fall 2017
    • Dean's Honor List: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017
  • Catholic University of America (B.A., magna cum laude, 2015)
    • Dean's List
    • University Scholar: Catholic University Honors Program
    • Anthony J. Bottoni Leadership Award, Outstanding Senior Football Leader, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Professional Recognition

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
    • Distinguished Service Award, 2021
    • Honor Roll Inductee, 2021
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