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At the Edwardsville and Chicago offices, Mike focuses on toxic tort defense as the lead counsel for defendants in the construction, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and aviation sectors. He has represented contractors, premises owners, product manufacturers, designers and distributors. Mike also handles other forms of civil litigation including products liability, contracts (government, commercial and political consulting), insurance, class actions and military law. Mike has been appointed as an Assistant State's Attorney for Madison County, Illinois.
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 at Scott Air Force Base. 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 cases as a prosecutor, Area Defense Counsel and Circuit Defense Counsel, and also having presided over dozens of pre-trial and administrative hearings.
As an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for ten years, Mike taught over 25 graduate and undergraduate courses in insurance, environmental, labor and employment, business, and aviation law. During law school, Mike was a Merit Scholar and the Executive Articles Editor of the Law Review.