Not many attorneys bring all of this to their practice: Decades of experience as a litigator who tries high-exposure, high-stakes cases, the leadership skills of a former Marine, and the scientific knowledge of a trained engineer. Michael Vranicar does, and all of it helps him win courtroom victories for his clients.
Michael defends clients in litigation involving products liability, professional malpractice, transportation, construction, insurance coverage, and catastrophic loss, in state and federal courts across the country. In a recent case in Cook County, he and his team represented a bus manufacturer in a catastrophic-loss case filed after a tragic bus accident killed 15 people and severely injured several more. Michael was able to resolve to the client’s satisfaction 28 of the 29 claims before the scheduled trial date. During the three-week trial on the remaining claim, he waged a smart, strategic, and successful defense, and, on the last day of trial, the plaintiff took the money he and his client were offering – and not a penny more.
From 1988 through 1991, Michael served in the U.S. Marine Corps, practicing law as a Judge Advocate and as lead counsel in about 50 courts-martial. He credits his Marine experience for shaping the excellent organizational and leadership skills he exhibits on his casework both inside and outside the courtroom.
In the Cook County catastrophic-loss case, for example, Michael led several attorneys over many months as the team prepared the defense for this complex litigation. “This type of leadership requires being able to delegate the work, hold the attorneys accountable for their work, and keep the case moving along,” he says. “Our diligent preparation enabled us to be in a position so that, as we approached the trial date, the plaintiff attorneys all knew we were serious about taking their cases to court. All of our hard work paid off for our client.”
Many attorneys get intimidated by the math and physics involved in products liability, accident, and other types of complicated litigation – not Michael. He has had a fascination with math and science all of his life and earned an engineering degree from the University of Illinois. With that background and knowledge base, combined with his clear communication stills, he’s able to synthesize complex information, which then allows him explain the difficult details of a case by couching them in language a jury can more easily understand.
While addressing a jury and judge, Michael says what’s most important is to understand the subject matter inside and out: “You can’t be caught flat-footed. You have to know the information better than anybody else so you can emphasize the points you want the jury to focus on.”
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Represented a bus manufacturer during a three-week trial in a catastrophic-loss case, resolving 29 plaintiffs’ claims to the complete satisfaction of the client.