Michael D. Furlong

MIchael FurlongProfessional Experience

Michael Furlong joined Trobe, Babowice & Associates in 2006. Prior to joining the firm,
Mr. Furlong practiced as a commercial litigator with the Portland, Oregon law firm of
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Mr. Furlong's practice focuses on personal injury, commercial litigation, business litigation, construction litigation, mechanics liens, litigation in bankruptcy, and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Furlong has obtained verdicts, settlements and arbitration awards for individuals injured as the result of negligent driving, hazardous conditions on property, and medical negligence. Mr. Furlong has experience representing clients in the First, Second, and Third Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court and in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Professional & Community Activities

Mr. Furlong is a member of the Lake County Bar Association.

Admissions

Illinois State Courts, 2006
Oregon State Bar (inactive status), 2002
United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 2003
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007

Education

Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
Juris Doctor, 2002

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Diploma Certificado, Cursos de Español para Extranjeros, 1997

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, 1995

Representative Cases

Represented a group of homeowners seeking to disconnect their subdivision from the Village of Fox River Grove.  The McHenry County Circuit Court allowed the homeowners to disconnect their lots and return to unincorporated status following a multi-day trial.

Successfully defended Lake County photography business by obtaining a judgment of no liability after a bench trial on claims brought by the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign film products supplier.  The trial court found that Mr. Furlong's client was not liable to pay for film products where the supplier failed to perform under an agreement to service photo printing equipment.

Represented an anonymous respondent at the trial court level and on appeal in Lisa Stone v. Paddock Publications, Inc., 2011 Ill. App. (1st) 093386. Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 224, the petitioner sought to compel the disclosure of the respondent’s identity after the respondent posted a comment in a newspaper web forum. In holding that the respondent should remain anonymous, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, agreed with Mr. Furlong’s argument that compelling the disclosure of the respondent’s identity would violate the respondent’s First Amendment right to anonymous speech.

Represented a teen injured after he was struck by a negligent driver while exiting a parked car. The lawyer for the driver argued that the teen carelessly exited the parked car and was not entitled to compensation for his injuries. Mr. Furlong persuaded the jury that the driver failed to maintain a proper lookout and violated a duty of care to the teen by driving too fast through a suburban neighborhood on a school morning. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of the injured teen significantly higher than the amount offered by the driver’s insurance company before trial.