Michael Rothmann

Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of catastrophic auto, construction and premises injuries, medical and dental malpractice, nursing home negligence, workers compensation, civil rights 1983 actions, mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, police disability claims and appellate practice. Michael has recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered injuries or wrongful death. He has extensive experience representing clients with post-traumatic fibromyalgia and has lectured and appeared on television to discuss this highly contested injury.

He received his J.D. from Chicago Kent IIT in 1996 and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law. One of his hallmark police disability cases includes obtaining court recognition of fibromyalgia as a duty related injury. He also recently successful tried a 17-year old case and was awarded over $3.5 million against telemarketers who advised the public that the donations would benefit programs for disabled Chicago police officers and families of officers killed in the line of duty, yet none of the money was used for those purposes and instead, telemarketers received 80% and FOP received 20% for political donations, golfing and fishing tournaments.

He is past President of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, current President of the Suburban Bar Coalition to evaluate a Judges’ fitness to run for retention, Board Member of Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. He was past-chair and creator of the NWSBA Veterans Committee, chair of the NWSBA and Decalogue Mentorship program and chair of the NWSBA Diversity Committee and past chair for the NWSBA Civil Litigation committee keeping attorneys up to date on the latest laws, cases, ethical issues and trial technique. He is a Court appointed Arbitrator in Cook and Lake Counties and volunteers to judge high school and law school trial advocacy and moot court competitions. He is named The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, Illinois.


Law Office of Martin L. GlinkArlington Heights, Illinois – (June 2000-present)

Litigation attorney – personal injury, medical, dental and legal malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, class action, pharmaceutical torts, construction matters, Chicago Police Pension Board and workers compensation cases. Tried and handled numerous cases, administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations, and Appellate Court hearings. Arbitrator in UM/UM cases. Secured millions for injured persons through trial and settlement.

Romanucci and Blandin, Chicago, Illinois – (June 1998 to June 2000)

Litigation attorney handling personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, civil rights, Chicago Police Pension Board, Social Security Disability and workers compensation cases. Settled and tried numerous cases, securing millions for injured persons.

Kreiter, Byck Associates, Chicago Illinois (March 1997-June 1998)

Litigation attorney handling personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, civil rights, Chicago Police Pension Board, Social Security Disability and workers compensation cases. Settled and tried numerous cases, securing millions for injured persons.

Noteworthy Case: Johnson v. Retirement Board of Policemen’s Annuity and Pension Fund of the City of Chicago, 1-97-3428 (1St Dist. 6/29/98)(first duty pension awarded to officer for injury caused by fibromyalgia)

Eich and Franklin, Chicago, Illinois – Associate/law school clerk (May 1995-March 1997)


Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois – JD (May 1996)

Winner of Constitutional Law American Jurisprudence Award

State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York – BA (May 1993)

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Economics


Illinois (1996-present)

United States N.D. of Illinois (1996-present)

United States N.D. of Illinois Trial Bar (11/15/2011-present)

DC Court of Appeal (1997-2014)

Supreme Court of United States (2001)

Arbitrator Chair for Mandatory Arbitration Program of Cook County, Illinois

Licensed by Supreme Court of Illinois (10/19/2007-2015)

Fred Lane Trial Technique Certificate, June 10, 2003


Northwest Suburban Bar Association (2000 to present)

Executive Board, President (June 2018 to 2020)

Executive Board, 1st Vice President (June 2017 to 2018)

Executive Board, 2nd Vice President (June 2016 to 2017)

Executive Board, Treasurer (June 2015 to 2016)

Executive Board, Secretary (June 2013 to June 2015)

Board of Governor (2008 to 2013)

Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2021 to present)

Mentorship Committee creator and Chair (2019 to present)

Veteran Committee creator and co-chair (2019-2021)

Judicial Evaluation Committee (2002 to present)

Civil Litigation Committee Chairperson (2007-2010) (co-chair from 2010 to 2018)

Dinner Meeting Co-Chairperson (2010 to 2014)

On-line CLE Exploratory Committee, Co-Chair (2013-2016)

Suburban Bar Coalition (judicial screening for Cook County judges)

President 2020-present

Decalogue Society (2007 to present)

Board of Governors (June 2013 to present)

Mentorship Committee Co-Chair (2019 to present)

Judicial Evaluation Committee (2007 to present)

Law Student/New Attorney Mentor (2013-present)

Anti-Semitism Committee Co-Chair (2014-2016)

7th District E-Discovery Pilot Program (2011-present)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (1997 to present)

American Association for Justice (AAJ) (1997 to present)

Baycol Litigation Group (2006-2008)

Darvon/Darvocet Litigation Group

Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability Section (2013-present)

Illinois State Bar Association (June 2000-July 2009, May 2011-July 2012, March 2015

to present)

DePaul University Center for Jewish and Judaic Studies, Advisory Committee (2018-present)

Chicago Bar Association – (1997 to present)

DC Bar (1997 to 2013)

Workers Compensation Lawyers Association (intermittently 2011 to present)

Alliance of Bar Associations For Judicial Screening (2008 to present)


The Significance of Waldorf Corp. v. Industrial Comm’n, National Fibromyalgia Day, Chicago, Ill (May 1999)

FOX 32, 32 This Week with Wanda Wells, Legal Issues facing Fibromyalgia Patients, November 26, 2000,

Proving fibromyalgia in personal injury and workers compensation cases, Chicago, Ill (May, 2005)

Moderator – legal seminar – Fibromyalgia in Social Security Disability, Insurance Disability and Civil Rights Matters, Matteson, Ill (May 2007)

CLE presentation NWSBA mega CLE, June 14, 2008

Medicare Set Asides on Liability Cases – NWSBA (October 11, 2011)

Attorney Client Privilege and the Control Group, NWSBA (April 22, 2013)

Police Pension Disability and Workers Compensation Benefits, February 4, 2021


Environmental Impact Statement for the Broome County Economic and Planning Department, Binghamton, NY (published in the 1993 NY Job Bond Act)

Request to Admit and Vision Point, NWSBA Civil Litigation Meeting, February 12, 2008

Injury Biomechanics, Proving or Refuting How Injuries Occur, summary NWSBA Newsbriefs, October 2009

Status on E-Discovery in Federal and State Court, NWSBA Newsbriefs, September 2010


Volunteer Judge for Mediation program, John Marshall Law School, 10/26/2007

Founding Member and legal advisor, Fibromyalgia Association Created for Education and Self Help, Inc., a non-for profit 501(c)(3) organization (1998-2007)

Co-Chair of Maccabee Legal Clinic for Beth Tikvah Congregation: Helped institute pro bono legal assistant program for those in need (2012-2014)

Co-Chair Membership Retention Committee, Beth Tikvah Congregation (2011-2013)

Soccer Coach, 2006-present

Chai Lifeline Marathon Runner – raising money for children with life threatening diseases (2013)