Michael J. Dinard


Michael joined Patton & Ryan after five years of service with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Michael served as lead prosecutor for over fifty felony criminal trials in the Juvenile Justice Division and managed hundreds of criminal cases from intake to disposition.  Not only did Michael gain ample trial experience by preparing and examining police officers, detectives, doctors and experts in various forensic fields, he engaged in daily high-staked plea negotiations.  Prior to his work in the Juvenile Justice Division, Michael’s duties at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office included drafting appeals, enforcing publicly funded child support, and protecting at risk youth in the Child Protection Division.

Prior to being admitted to the Illinois bar in 2012, Michael decided litigation was his desired practice area after serving as judicial extern for the Honorable Christopher A. Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Michael was exposed to complex civil and criminal litigation in the areas of employment, social security, and constitutional law.  Between semesters of law school, Michael served as a law clerk for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio.  Michael was an executive editor for the Health-Matrix Journal of Law & Medicine, and a legal writing teaching assistant at CWRU School of Law.

Michael’s burgeoning civil practice focuses on the defense of catastrophic personal injury and/or wrongful death, trucking and transportation litigation, municipal defense and general civil litigation defense.  Michael is continually seeking new opportunities to serve the firm’s clients.


  • Northwestern University, BA in Philosophy and Psychology, 2009
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, JD, 2012, cum laude


  • Illinois, 2012
  • Central District of Illinois, 2016