About L. Michael
Early Life and Education
Mr. Flanagan was born in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. Upon leaving Chicago, Mr. Flanagan attended the world-renowned Howard University where he honed his writing skills as a print journalism major. Upon returning to Chicago, Mr. Flanagan worked at several top radio stations before beginning his legal career.
Mr. Flanagan gained significant experience while clerking at three top personal injury firms during his law school career. Additionally, Mr. Flanagan garnered valuable experience by clerking with a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Further, Mr. Flanagan spent one month studying law in China as a part of Loyola’s study abroad program and also garnered a prestigious fellowship as a Cook County Graduate Fellow where he experienced Chicago politics first hand. Mr. Flanagan continues to hone his advocacy skills by consistently attending personal injury CLE’s and seminars.
Mr. Flanagan is a volunteer tutor at Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER), a non-profit organization designed to assist minorities in passing the bar exam. Mr. Flanagan is also a member of Apostolic Church of God and frequently visits other churches in the area. Finally, in addition to his membership of various bar associations, Mr. Flanagan frequently mentors young people in developing a game plan to succeed in life and reach their goals.
Mr. Flanagan currently resides in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood with his loving wife. During his spare time, Mr. Flanagan enjoys traveling, biking, swimming and playing and watching sports of all kind including ALL of Chicago’s sports teams, even if they occasionally disappoint him!