Michael P. Latz

Michael P. Latz

Partner

Office: IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6568 F: 312.781.6630

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Michael is a trial lawyer with 30 years of varied trial experience representing employers, self-insureds, government agencies, transportation companies, construction companies, product manufacturers and property owners in civil rights, personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

Michael has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in State and Federal Courts, as well as dozens of claims before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. He has successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

From 2011 to 2014, Michael served as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of workers’ compensation administration in Illinois. He authored dozens of Workers’ Compensation Commission decisions while serving as a Commissioner. Michael also served as Chairman of the Illinois Self-Insured Advisory Board, and was appointed to the Illinois Gaming Commission in 2014.

Practices

Representative Matters

  • Reed v. Manteno Sch. Dist. No. 5, No.02-2332, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 59 Fed. Appx. 868; 2003
  • Nitz v. Doe, 08 C 0334, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130013, December 7, 2010
  • Misher v. Barnett, No. 07 CV 5242, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51967, May 26, 2010
  • Graham v. Town of Normal, Case No. 07-cv-1284, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Peoria Division, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11658, February 10, 2010
  • Scarlato v. Vill. Of Bellwood, No. 09 C 1497, United States District  Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9201, February 3, 2010
  • Steidl v. City of Paris, 05-2127, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15114, March 31, 2006
  • Carr v. Chi. Southshore & S. Bend R.R., No. 2:03-CV-534 PS, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond, Division, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28557, September 29, 2005
  • Gregory v. Oliver, No. 00 C 5984, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5933, April 8, 2003


Representative Workers’ Compensation Matters

  • Maria Hermosillo v. Unistaff, No. 16 WC 5431, NO. 17 IWCC 0789 (2017)
  • NY v. Streamwood Behavioral Health, No. 11 WC 46861, No. 17 IWCC 0130 (2017)
  • Brenda Jones v. Three Z Printing, 15 WC 23304, 17 IWCC 0327 (2018)
  • Muransky v. Country Club Hills School Dist. 160, 17 WC 17106 (2018)