Mike litigated high stakes civil lawsuits throughout his 27 year career as a trial lawyer. He regularly tried jury trials nationwide and argued before state and federal appellate courts as well. He has been involved in several appellate cases that decided important issues of first impression. In recognition of his trial skills, Mike has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which membership requires the highest standards in several areas including trial advocacy and collegiality and is limited to no more than one percent of the states total lawyer population.
He also served as Chairman of the American College of Transportation Attorneys, which consists of the 30 most preeminent transportation litigators in the country. Mike routinely represented individuals, family owned companies and Fortune 500 corporations. In that capacity, Mike counseled clients in hundreds of mediations that successfully resolved their disputes.
Mike is registered mediator. He has now refocused his career to serving as a mediator and arbitrator and, with the same tenacity and creativity that he honed as a trial lawyer, Mike helps parties achieve successful resolutions of their cases. He mediates all types of civil disputes including trucking, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage, bad faith claims, employment law, class actions, real estate issues, and commercial and business disputes.
Mike was raised in New Castle, Indiana. He is an honors graduate of Wabash College and graduated Order of the Barristers from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. He has been a prolific speaker at national conferences and has authored dozens of published articles on litigation subjects. He is also a regular legal commentator on national radio shows. When hes not working, Mike enjoys tennis, stand-up comedy (often in the audience but sometimes on the stage), US history trivia, coaching a high school debate team, and spending time with his wife and three children.