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Michael Dean Bornitz

Personal injury Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Michael Bornitz, Mike Bornitz


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About Michael

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Mike has been selected as the South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2020 by the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.  The annual honor is reserved exclusively for the most respected trial lawyers who demonstrate high ethical standards, a commitment to upholding and maintaining the jury trial system, and have achieved success in litigation.  Mike was raised to work hard and stand up for people who need help.  He represents people and small businesses who have been injured and mistreated, often by insurance companies.  He focuses on litigation in the areas of personal injury, insurance bad faith, products liability, wrongful death, worker’s compensation, and in business and estate litigation.  He has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, and argued many cases before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mike is an aggressive and tireless advocate for his clients.  He has obtained substantial settlements and judgments, recovering millions of dollars for his clients by helping to enforce safety rules and holding those who break them accountable.  The article discussing the 2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year award can be found at: ?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:9c15e50f-66cb-4845-a357-d8581e5ad4db.  He has been named to the list of Great Plains Super Lawyers, which lists the top 5 percent of lawyers in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.  Mike is a native of Yankton, South Dakota.  He was interviewed by the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan and discussed how his Yankton roots helped lead to his success in the courtroom.  The article can be found at:  ?rct=j&sa=t&url=&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoTODEzNzYwODI5NjIzMTc3MDQ5NzIaZWM2OTAxMzc5NjRhODMzMDpjb&usg=AFQjCNGbKDJICQt-gDrAXsa40NTNo920Mg

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Licensed for 26 years
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 05/12/2016
State NE
Status Inactive
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Cutler Law Firm, LLP
140 N. Phillips Ave., 4th Floor
Sioux Falls, SD, 57101-1400

Reviews

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Posted by Penny | November 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five Stars!
Mike did a fantastic job working on my case. I was very happy with his responsiveness and with how things turned out. Highly recommended!
Posted by Darryl | October 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Motorcycle accident
I was in a motorcycle accident. Mike guided me through the process fairly and with great judgement and timing in my opinion. He was personable, yet firm. He offered guidance not direction which made him ethically sound in my opinion. Without Mike's guidance, I would have not been able to recover even close to a fair amount for my claim. He did not direct any of my actions. His ethics guided my direction. I have had the opportunity to meet with numerous lawyers in my life and I would rate Mike at the top of his field in his knowledge, professionalism, tact and skill. He has been working a considerable amount of time improving his skills and it shows. I have recommended him to several people already and will continue to do so. He is the right one for the job.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mark
The quality services I received from Mike was remarkable. From the initial meeting he was responsive to my calls, questions and concerns. All issues were handled professionally and timely. Billing rates very fair. I would recommend Mike Bornitz.
Posted by Craig | July 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
5-Star Recommendation
I highly recommend this attorney. In my case, Mike Bornitz delivered quality representation and strategic insight into achieving a successful resolution of my litigation. Mike was quick to apply the unique facts in my case to the law and effectively communicated with the Court and counsel for the other side. His review of my case, preparation for litigation and subsequent filings with the Court catalyzed negotiations and a settlement that was far greater than I expected.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cutler Law Firm
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate
  • James & Associates
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Clerk, 5th Judicial Circuit
  • 1996 - 1997

Education

  • University of South Dakota
  • JD
  • 1996
  • University of South Dakota
  • Master of Public Administration
  • 1996
  • University of South Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Premises liability
  • $1,500,000
  • Fraud and Breach of Contract
  • $1,900,000
  • Breach of Business Contract
  • $1,100,000
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Associations

  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Second Circuit State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Great Plains Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Litigation
  • 2012
  • Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (13)
Endorse Michael
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"With decades of experience opposing Michael in a variety of client matters I have come to respect his advocacy, his loyalty, and his dedication to his clients. He is an exceptional trial lawyer. He has earned my respect. I always know that when I am working with Michael, I am working with a straight-shooter who upholds the best of our profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Friend
"Mike is extremely sharp and hard-working. One of his best attributes, however, is the fact that he is constantly researching and looking for ways to help his clients and improve their chances of recovering for their injuries."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike has a great reputation. He is a fierce litigator and trial attorney. He has had great success for his clients. Very personable. Gets along well with other lawyers. A lawyers lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is one of the outstanding trial lawyers in South Dakota. Mike gets great results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding lawyer and advocate. Truly among the best!"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike since college. He is a wonderful lawyer with a stellar reputation. He is not afraid to take on tough cases and fight passionately for the rights of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an outstanding trial lawyer of exceptional character. He is experienced, ethical and great in the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike works tirelessly to ensure those that are injured have the best representation. He has long record of success because of his meticulous preparation, detailed knowledge of the law, and unparalleled dedication to his clients case. Moreover, Mike has a passion for his job that is second to none."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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