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Mike Turiello is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled high stakes, complex litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Through nearly 50 jury trials, Mike has developed a keen ability to effectively communicate the client’s position and persuade a jury to find in the client’s favor. This extensive courtroom experience and understanding of what matters to a jury is of great value in all stages of the litigation process where Mike is able to quickly identify the most effective and cost-efficient strategy to position the case for success at trial, arbitration or a favorable resolution through settlement.

The trial skills he has developed have allowed Mike to take on a broad range of cases in diverse areas of law including product liability, medical malpractice, breach of contract, commercial litigation, bad faith, fraud, trademark infringement, mass tort, negligent recall, construction, and the Flammable Fabrics Act. At trial, he represented clients ranging from small business owners and physicians to the maker of TY® Beanie Babies in a trademark infringement case, and the former president of the New York Stock Exchange in a $300 million fraud case.

Mike also has experience managing Multidistrict Litigation nationally. He coordinated the defense of a distributor in the in Re Stand ‘n Seal multidistrict litigation, defending 200+ claims from 34 states and successfully defending the client at trial in Arizona state court and the Northern District of Arizona. After resolving all underlying claims, Mike also was part of the team that obtained an award of more than $30 million in defense and indemnity costs against one of the manufacturers of Stand ‘n Seal.

Mike also regularly utilizes the skills developed through his trial experience outside of the litigation arena to counsel clients on contractual issues, regulatory compliance and the handling of product recalls assisting in protecting the client’s interests and limiting liability.


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. 1996
  • Bradley University, B.S. 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Associations

  • DRI™


Disfiguring Third Degree Burns on Face and Upper Torso Nets Zero Against National Retailer and Sleepwear Manufacturer

Edward Ruff III and Michael Turiello of Pretzel & Stouffer won summary judgment for Walmart Stores, Inc. and clothing manufacturer, Charles Komar & Sons, Inc. in a Flammable Fabrics Act case. Plaintiff sustained third-degree full thickness burns to approximately 40% of her body, face, and torso when her clothing became ignited by a gas stovetop. Plaintiff spent ...

April 2018 | Firm News

Pretzel & Stouffer Recovers $30 million for Client in Binding Arbitration

Edward B. Ruff, III, Michael P. Turiello and Mary H. Cronin of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered obtained an award in the amount of $29,781,030 plus interest in favor the distributor of Stand ‘n Seal Spray-on Grout Sealer, Roanoke Companies Group, Inc. against the manufacturer Aerofil Technology, Inc. in an action seeking contribution an indemnity for settlement amounts paid on ...

May 2015 | Firm News

Pretzel & Stouffer Wins Verdict for Defendant in Case Involving Largest Back Draft in U.S. History and Fire that Destroyed Historic Church

Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Ed Ruff and Michael Turiello recently won a case involving a fire that destroyed St. John’s Evangelical Church in Sycamore, Ill. Mr. Ruff and Mr. Turiello represented defendant G&G Electric in the case. A massive fire and backdraft, which is a violent explosion caused by the rapid re-introduction of oxygen into an oxygen-starved fire, demolished ...

November 2011 | Firm News

Pretzel & Stouffer Obtains Victory for Exxon Mobil in Barge Explosion Case

On August 9, 2011, a Pretzel & Stouffer team consisting of Ed Ruff, Mimi Moon, Mike Turiello, Rick Kenyon, and Jim Gillingham obtained a complete victory for Exxon Mobil Corporation in the case of the United States of America v. Egan Marine Corporation, et. al. The case is one of five pieces of litigation arising out of the January ...

September 2011 | Firm News


Ruff and Turiello obtain affirmance of $9 million sanctions award

A $9,539,768.54 award obtained by Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Edward Ruff and Michael Turiello was reaffirmed by the US Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The sanction award, one of the largest in US history, was entered after a bench trial before Judge Timothy A. Barnes in 2018. Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland (“F&D”) was held in contempt in the ...

October 2020

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Historic Judgment in Bankruptcy Case

A Pretzel & Stouffer trial team, led by Edward Ruff and Michael Turiello and including Paula Villela, along with Douglas Lipke and William Thorsness of Vedder Price P.C. obtained a judgment in the amount of $9,539,768.54 for damages stemming from Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland (“F&D”) for contempt and violation of a bankruptcy court’s ...

July 2019

Not Guilty Jury Verdict in 34 minutes for Orthopaedic Surgeon re ACL surgery

Edward B. Ruff and Michael P. Turiello successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon against a claim of unnecessary ACL surgery. A pre-operative MRI was read by the radiologist as showing an ACL which was taut and intact. The client orthopedic surgeon sent the plaintiff for a course of physical therapy, however, she failed to improve. Based upon his physical ...

March 2016 | Firm News