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St. Louis, MO


Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2002
  • Washington University-St. Louis, Bachelor of Arts in History, summa cum laude, 1999


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
    • Central District of Illinois

Practice Description

Michael L. Young is a litigation attorney with a primary emphasis in the practice of insurance coverage and bad faith. He represents both insureds and insurers in complex insurance coverage matters at all stages of the claims process. Mr. Young also has advised insurers in drafting policy language and developing claims best practices. He has represented clients in Missouri and Illinois.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Chair, Insurance Law Committee
    • Vice-Chair, Insurance Law Committee (2015-2017)
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • The Missouri Bar

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America (2017-2019)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2014-2016)
  • Featured in A.M. Best’s Member Spotlight (June 2014)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Excellence Award for
    • Commerical Transactions
    • Business Associations
    • Health Care Provider Liability
    • Legal Profession
    • Civil Procedure II
  • Order of the Woolsack
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal (2000-2001)
    • Staff member
    • Case Note selected Best Student Work in Volume 45
  • Valedictorian

Published Legal Writing

  • “The Concurrent Proximate Cause Test for Coverage in Illinois: A Look at Allstate Indemnity Company v. Contreras,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 4 (2018). (Co-author)
  • “The Little Known Story Behind Maryland Casualty v. Peppers,” Coverage Opinions, Vol 7, Issue 3 (April 11, 2018).
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Staying Coverage Litigation Pending Resolution of the Underlying Lawsuit,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28 No. 1. (Co-author)
  • “What to Do When Rules of Grammar Are Unclear, and Other Thoughts on Split Infinitives,” Writers’ Corner, For the Defense (June 2018). (Co-author)
  • “The Expansion of Discovery in Insurance Law Cases After Zagorski v. Allstate,” IDC Quarterly, Volume 27, Number 1 (2017).
  • IDC Survey of Law of 2015-16. (Contributor)
  • “First District Rejects the Use of Extrinsic Evidence for Purposes of the Duty to Defend,” IDC Quarterly, Volume 25, Number 2 (2015).
  • “Complex Claims, Complex Questions: Illinois’s Approach to Liability Claims Involving Multiple Claimants and Multiple Insureds,” IDC Quarterly, Volume 24, Number 1 (2014).
  • “Does This Insurance Policy Provision Provide Coverage? It All Depends on How You Look at It,” MODL Q. Rep. (Vol. 18) (2014).
  • “In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Defense Counsel as Ethically Challenged or Merely in a Position Where Appearance of Impropriety Exists When Insurer and Insured have Conflicts of Interest?” IDC Quarterly, Volume 27, Number 2 (2012).
  • “Effectively Obtaining Additional Insured Status in Illinois,” The Illinois Manufacturer (Fall 2011).

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Insurance Coverage Issues with Employment Practices Policies,” Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois Convention (Springfield IL, 2018)
  • “Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith—Best Claims and Litigation Strategies,” Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Continuing Education (Omaha NE, 2018)
  • “Considerations for Mediating Liability Claims with Insurance Coverage Issues,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (New York NY, 2018)
  • “Evaluating Additional Insured Coverage and Contractual Indemnity Issues,” Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Continuing Education (Overland Park KS, 2018)
  • “Bad Faith, UIM and UM Issues,” United States Arbitration & Mediation Advanced Mediator Training (St. Louis MO, 2018)

For a complete listing of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.