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Mike concentrates his practice in civil defense litigation, including medical malpractice and nursing home litigation; auto, premises and trucking litigation; and the defense of toxic tort and asbestos claims. In addition to defending long term care facilities in malpractice litigation and personal injury claims, Mike also handles a myriad of administrative issues for facilities, including involuntary discharge proceedings, licensure issues, fraud and abuse claims, and other litigation.
Mike has represented the firm's clients in jury trials, high-exposure mediations and settlement conferences. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, professionals and insurance companies in a variety of cases. Mike is often contacted immediately after a catastrophic trucking accident to visit an accident scene and work with the client to help develop the facts and evidence, and prepare the case strategy with an eye toward a successful result once litigation is filed. Mike has also defended the firm's clients and their interests at depositions, including those of plaintiffs, co-defendants, witnesses, treating physicians, and expert witnesses. He has presented physicians, nurses and nursing assistants for deposition in numerous professional liability cases.
Mike is a certified arbitrator for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court. He is listed on the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 2013 list of "40 Under Forty" up-and-coming attorneys in Illinois, and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers (2012-2014).
A native of Belvidere, Illinois, Mike began his career with Heyl Royster by clerking for the firm's Peoria office during law school. At Northern Illinois University, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was awarded the NIU Scribes award in 2001 for legal scholarship. After graduating, he served as Senior Law Clerk to Justice Tom Lytton of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. Mike joined the Rockford office in 2004 and became a partner in 2012.