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Michael A. Airdo


Mr. Airdo is a founding Member of Airdo Werwas, LLC. His practice focuses on the handling of complex civil litigation matters, including healthcare litigation, the defense of long-term care and assisted living facilities, catastrophic injury claims, municipal matters, and cases involving corporations, not-for-profit entities, educational facilities, and trade associations. He has a broad base of experience in representing the unique legal needs of religious institutes and religiously sponsored ministries. Mr. Airdo represents mental health professionals and has a wide array of experience in resolving matters through the alternative dispute resolution process. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his legal practice, including the legal liabilities that arise in retail establishments, board governance and fiduciary liabilities, and the legal and pastoral response of child-serving organizations to victims of childhood sexual abuse. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Bartlett from 2001 to 2011 and as Mayor of Bartlett from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Airdo serves as civil legal counsel for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, works closely with the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, and is on Praesidium’s National Advisory Council for the Y-USA. Michael proudly serves as a legal counsel to Hanover Township and Palatine Township. He is also general counsel to Associated Equipment Distributors and the Technology and Manufacturing Association. Mr. Airdo is a Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and serves as Midwest Regional Chair of the Membership Committee. He is also a member of the IADC Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is a member of Leading Lawyers. He received both his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, and his law degree, with honors, from DePaul University.


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • J.D., 1996, with honor and Order of the Coif
  • DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chicago, Illinois
  • B.A., 1993, Political Science and English, summa cum laude

Admitted to Practice

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1996
  • Illinois, 1996

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Reported Decisions

  • John Doe 171 v. Order of St. Benedict, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5554 (D.P.R. Apr. 20, 2012).
  • John Doe 174 v. Order of St. Benedict, 836 F. Supp. 2d 872 (D. Minn. 2011).
  • Johnson v. Augustinians, 396 Ill. App. 3d 437, 919 N.E.2d 492, 335 Ill. Dec. 773, November 25, 2009 (No. 1-08-2395).
  • Clay v. Kuhl, 189 Ill. 2d 603, 727 N.E.2d 217, 244 Ill. Dec. 918, 2000 WL 46034, Ill., January 21, 2000 (Nos. 86938, 86941).
  • Murray v. Chicago Youth Center, 352 Ill. App. 3d 95, 815 N.E.2d 746, 287 Ill. Dec. 102, 2004 4725, 192 Ed. Law Rep. 542, Ill. App. 1 Dist., April 16, 2004 (No. 1-02-361).
  • American Family Ins. ex rel. Dunn v. Black & Decker (U.S.), Inc., 2003 WL 22139788, Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) P 16, 748, N.D. Ill., September 16, 2003 (No. 00 C 50281).



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