Michael joined Butler Pappas in October 2010. Michael focuses his practice in the areas of subrogation, insurance defense, and litigation. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 2006, and his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2010.
In law school, Michael worked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the summer, and represented children's interests in St. Louis City Family Court during the school year. He was the recipient of two Dagen Fellowship awards for legal work in public service. Michael concentrated his studies in Civil Litigation, and Criminal Litigation.
At Marquette, Michael garnered the recognition of two national academic honor societies: Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), and Phi Alpha Theta (History). In 2005, Michael studied at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, DC while working at the U.S. House of Representatives. Michael also served as a coordinator for the Peer Jury in Western Springs, Illinois; an alternative/restorative justice program designed to hold nonviolent juvenile offenders accountable for their actions while keeping them out of the Cook County Court system through restitution and volunteering in their communities.
Michael is admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Illinois state courts. Mr. Sever is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Federalist Society.