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Michael A. Airdo

Founding Member

Michael A. Airdo is a founding Member of Airdo Werwas, LLC. Mr. Airdo is a fierce litigator and skilled negotiator who zealously advocates for his clients in all arenas. Michael prides himself in accomplishing objectives that others think are impossible to achieve. He embodies the Firm’s Motto: “Providing Solutions. Getting Results.”

Mr. Airdo’s practice focuses on the handling of complex civil litigation matters, including healthcare litigation, the defense of long-term care and assisted living facilities, catastrophic personal injury claims, local government matters, and cases involving corporations, nonprofit entities, retail establishments, 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 board governance and fiduciary liabilities, local government risk management, retailer risks, and the legal and pastoral response of child-serving organizations to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Mr. Airdo received both his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, and his law degree, with honors, from DePaul University.

Michael Airdo served on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Bartlett from 2001 to 2011 and as Mayor of Bartlett from 2011 to 2013. He uses his experience from his time on the Village Board in his work with local governments. Mr. Airdo is honored to serve as a legal counsel to Hanover Township, Palatine Township, Dundee Township, and Shields Township. He is the Fox River Water Reclamation District’s general counsel. Michael is also general counsel to Associated Equipment Distributors. Mr. Airdo works closely with the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (“RCRI”) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (“CMSM”). He is on Praesidium’s National Advisory Council for the Y-USA.

Mr. Airdo is a Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) and serves as Chair of the Social Justice Pro Bono Committee and is the Midwest Regional Chair of the Membership Committee. He is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the IADC Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Michael was elected in 2022 to serve as the Treasurer of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association (“ITAA”). Mr. Airdo is a member of the Board of Directors of Resurrection College Prep High School, the largest all-girls school on the North Side of Chicago and based in the Lasallian Tradition. Michael serves as the Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee for Resurrection.


  • 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
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Township Attorneys Association

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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