Michael Ruff is a litigator who focuses his practice in professional responsibility, with emphasis in the defense of accountants and lawyers against civil liability. Mr. Ruff also practices in the area of commercial litigation, including contract actions, business torts, and securities disputes.
Mr. Ruff joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in October 2014. Previously, he was a law clerk with the firm since May 2012.
During law school, Mr. Ruff was also a 7-11 licensed law clerk at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and served as a judicial assistant to Mr. Justice Bernard Eder in the Commercial Courts of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England. Mr. Ruff competed as a member of the DePaul University College of Law Moot Court Society’s appellate team and was a member of the Dean's List.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ruff worked as an auditor for an international derivatives marketplace — CME Group Inc. He is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
- Chicago Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2018 – 2020
- "Practice Basics: Qualities of a Professional Lawyer," Chicago Bar Association CLE, Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2018
- "Preparing for Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Profession," Chicago Bar Association CLE, April 4, 2018
"Check Your Privilege," West LegalEdcenter, Webinar, June 2015
- "Reforming Lawyer Mobility—Protecting Turf or Serving Clients?," contributor, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 30, April 2017
- April 8, 2019One of the Largest Rule 137 Sanctions Ever Imposed in Cook County
- New Jersey Appellate Court Holds No Attorney-Client Relationship Between Law Firm and Managing Members of LLC in Legal Malpractice CaseFebruary 4, 2020Lawyers for the Profession®
- December 9, 2019Lawyers for the Profession®
- California Court Clears Way for Malicious Prosecution Claim Against Attorney for Cannabis DispensaryNovember 20, 2019Lawyers for the Profession®
- October 31, 2019
- May 29, 2019
- December 21, 2018Lawyers for the Profession®
- Illinois Court Declines to Adopt "Continuous Course of Treatment Doctrine" in Accountant Malpractice ClaimsDecember 19, 2018Lawyers for the Profession®
- April 10, 2017
- July 13, 2016Lawyers for the Profession®
- March 24, 2016
- September 10, 2015Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
- December 10, 2014Lawyers for the Profession® Alert
- Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Associate Board Member (April 2016–Present); Volunteer (2008 – Present).
J.D., cum laude, DePaul University School of Law, 2014
B.S., Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois