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Michael La Porte is a Partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. Prior to joining the firm, Michael was a Partner with Flachsbart & Greenspoon, LLC, was part of the Intellectual Property group at Foley & Lardner, and both the Intellectual Property and Litigation groups at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon and Robinson Curley and Clayton. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable David H. Coar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Michael strongly believes in providing common-sense and affordable representation to clients. He creates effective strategies for achieving client... goals and implements them with attention to detail, efficiency, and dedication. As a former colleague and current in-house counsel put it, Michael “is someone who can get the job done. He’s smart, talented, and committed.”

Michael is a member of the Glencoe Caucus, currently serving as Treasurer of the Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Caucus’s Village Nominating Committee from 2016 to 2019 and served as Co-Chair of that committee from 2018-2019. Michael is currently a member of the Village of Glencoe’s Golf Advisory Committee. He is also part of the Leadership Team and Election Protection Team for the Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats.


  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-2022


  • B.A., Economics with a concentration in Women’s Studies, Williams College
  • J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law


  • Illinois
  • Illinois State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Memberships &

  • Chicago Bar Association

Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.