Michael D. Bornitz


 Michael D. Bornitz

Mike was recently named the 2020 South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year. He was raised to be a hard worker and stand up for people who need help. Mike has built a practice representing people and small businesses who have been injured and mistreated. He focuses on litigation in the areas of personal injury, insurance bad faith, products liability, wrongful death, worker’s compensation, and in business and estate litigation. He has tried nearly 50 cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, and argued cases before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike is an aggressive and tireless advocate for his clients. He has obtained substantial settlements and judgments, recovering millions of dollars for his clients by helping to enforce safety rules and holding those who break them accountable.

Mike is a native of Yankton, South Dakota. He graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota with degrees in history and political science in 1992. Mike received a Master of Public Administration degree in 1994, and he graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1996. During law school, Mike served as a teaching assistant and was a member of the law school’s Moot Court Board.

Following law school, Mike served as a law clerk in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He then practiced law in Yankton before joining Cutler Law Firm, LLP in 2000. Mike is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in South Dakota and Nebraska and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the Second Circuit Bar Association. Mike serves on the South Dakota State Bar’s Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and is a director of the State Bar’s Tort, Insurance and Trial Law Section and the Worker’s Compensation Section. Mike is also involved with a number of charitable organizations in the Sioux Falls community. Because of his numerous recoveries of more than $1 million, Mike has become a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. Mike also has an AV® Preeminent peer review and client review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive.

Representative Cases and Settlements

$10,600,000  Negligence
$4,750,000     Personal Injury
$4,400,000     Negligence
$2,400,000     Motor Vehicle Collision
$2,100,000     Product Liability
$1,900,000     Fraud and Breach of Contract
$1,700,000     Breach of Business Contract
$1,500,000     Premises Liability
$1,250,000     Motor Vehicle Collision
$1,000,000     Motor Vehicle Collision
$1,000,000     Breach of Insurance Contract
$850,000        Breach of Insurance Contract
$775,000        Semi-Tractor Collision
$715,000        Motorcycle Collision
$700,000        Semi-Tractor Collision
$610,000        Breach of Contract
$600,000        Motor Vehicle Collision
$575,000         Motor Vehicle Collision
$540,000        Motor Vehicle Collision
$500,000        Motor Vehicle Collision
$480,000        Worker’s Compensation
$430,000        Motor Vehicle Collision
$410,000        Worker’s Compensation
$400,000        Premises Liability
$400,000        Medical Negligence

Mike’s clients have received hundreds of settlements and verdicts less than $400,000.


  • University of South Dakota (B.S. History, with honors, 1992)
  • University of South Dakota (M.P.A, 1994)
  • University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D., 1996)


  • South Dakota (1996)
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (1998)
  • Nebraska (1999); United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2004)
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (2005)


  • American Bar Association
  • South Dakota Bar Association (Member, Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee Director, Worker’s Compensation Committee Tort, Insurance and Trial Lawyers Section)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association; Second Circuit Bar Association
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member; Amicus Committee)
  • American Association for Justice


  • Mult-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


Coming soon.

Recent Articles & News

Cutler Law Firm Attorneys Selected to 2023 Great Plains Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the Cutler Law Firm, LLP attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2023 Great Plains Super Lawyers list. The list recognizes the top 5 percent of the attorneys in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. The selection is based on attorneys who...

Michael D. Bornitz


Cutler Law Firm, LLP
140 N Phillips Ave, 4th Floor
PO Box 1400
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1400

605.335.4950 (main)
605.335.4960 (direct)
605.335.4961 (fax)

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