Michael F. Bonkowski is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, resident in its Delaware office. In his thirty years in the Delaware Bar, Mike has tried cases to verdict in all of Delaware’s courts, both federal and state. He is also an accomplished appellate advocate, having appeared frequently before the Delaware Supreme Court as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has also appeared before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of New York, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Federal Circuits, and the State Court of Texas. His business practice is national in scope and focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, much of it in Delaware’s Court of Chancery. In his corporate and commercial practice, Mike has litigated statutory and contract claims, real estate and zoning, shareholder, partnership and limited liability company member actions, and foreclosure, surety and lender liability disputes. Described by clients as a natural born trial lawyer, Mike has had great success in jury trials in Delaware’s Superior Court. At one point he had a remarkable string of twelve consecutive defense verdicts. Mike has handled catastrophic tort cases, including wrongful death burn cases, in one of which, Marshall v. Callis-Thompson, et al., C.A. No. 90C-AP-256, he served as liaison counsel to the court for 47 defendants. He won summary judgment for his clients in that case. Mike has handled products liability cases including the defense of a national manufacturer of automobile and over the road tires. Mike successfully expanded Delaware’s doctrine of strict liability in a “lap belt” litigation in 2001. In 2010, he obtained a $3.7 million jury verdict in a commercial real estate commission dispute. Mike has made his mark in a wide variety of cases, including:
Mike has also served as a special master in matters before Delaware’s Court of Chancery, and as mediator and arbitrator in a variety of actions. He served as an expert in Sam J. Alberts, Trustee for the DCHC Liquidating Trust v. Redman, et. al., Adv. No. 06-10040 (Bankr. Ct. D.C. 2006). Mike sat on the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, by appointment of the Delaware Supreme Court, as an Associate Member from 2004 to 2009, and as a Member from 2010-2012. He also sat on the Board of Trustees for the Delaware Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mike obtained his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 1983 and his A.B. from Columbia University in 1978.
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1983
Columbia University, A.B., 1978
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