Michael L. Gutierrez


Phone: (616) 988-5600
Email: mgutierrez@silvervanessen.com

Mike is a commercial litigator who represents businesses and business owners in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation.  Mike handles complex litigation matters ranging from equity ownership and valuation disputes, manufacturing and supply chain contracting, breaches of contract and restrictive covenants, policyholder coverage claims, and other disputes that arise in the business context.  Prior to joining Silver & Van Essen, Mike spent several years as a business litigation associate in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight, LLP, a large international law firm.

Practice Areas

  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain Contracting and Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes, including claims of Minority Oppression
  • Policyholder Insurance Coverage Claims
  • Covenants Not To Compete, Trade Secrets, and Unfair Competition
  • Defamation and Business Disparagement
  • Fraud
  • Business Torts, including claims for Tortious Interference, Conversion, and Breach Of Fiduciary Duty
  • Commission Disputes, including Procuring Cause Claims
  • Corporate Governance and Liability of Corporate Officers and Directors
  • Complex Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions & Affiliations

  • Illinois 
  • Michigan


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
North Park University, B.A., magna cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Associate Editor, Illinois Law Review
  • Eagle Scout, National Eagle Scout Association