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Situated in the Edwardsville and Chicago offices, Mike serves as the lead counsel in toxic tort litigation for both large and small defendants in the construction, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and aviation sectors. He has represented contractors, premises owners, product manufacturers, designers, engineers and distributors. Mike is the practice group chair for Government Contracts Law and for Military Law. He also represents parties in general products liability, commercial contracts, insurance, election law, regulatory compliance and environmental law. Mike is an Assistant State's Attorney for Madison County, Illinois for the purpose of handling the defense of civil actions against governmental entities.
Mike is a career Air Force Reserve officer holding the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is a Judge Advocate and serves on a headquarters legal staff in Air Mobility Command. For over a decade, he has been a key player in developing the Air Force's innovative trial advocacy instructional programs as a program leader and instructor. He is considered a master advocate having tried dozens of jury and bench trials as a criminal prosecutor and in appointed positions as Area Defense Counsel and Circuit Defense Counsel. Mike also has presided over dozens of pre-trial and administrative hearings. He was qualified by formal training as a designated advocate for death penalty litigation. His cases have entailed such alleged crimes as murder, rape, money laundering, kidnapping, battery, various forms of sexual assault and child pornography, stalking, drug distribution and possession, fraud/waste and abuse, false statements, alcohol offenses, attempts and conspiracy, just to name a few. Mike also served for many years in the post-9/11 era as designated Missing Persons Counsel and as an evidence consultant for trials having international and operational dimensions.
As an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for ten years, Mike taught over 25 graduate and undergraduate level courses in insurance, environmental, labor, employment, business, and aviation law. During law school, he was a Merit Scholar and the Executive Articles Editor of the Law Review.