Mike is a litigator and trial lawyer who has defended clients in a range of matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. His cases are generally complex, and involve the potential of enormous plaintiffs' verdicts.
Whether defending chemical manufacturers in cases alleging exposure to benzene, manufacturers in cases alleging exposure to asbestos, municipalities and police departments in Section 1983 cases alleging the failure to train, or commercial disputes alleging the breach of a contract, he believes the keys to a successful defense are the same.
He works closely with clients and witnesses to develop a defense theme, then applies it from the responsive pleadings through the closing argument. He masters the facts, the law, and the science and technical aspects of the case. He is aggressive but fair in both offensive and defensive discovery efforts. Expert witnesses play an important role in many of his cases, and he has developed the ability to identify and develop expert witnesses, and to challenge opposing expert witnesses in depositions, in Daubert and Frye motions, and on the witness stand.
A significant amount of Mike's practice involves representing and advising clients in matters before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He advises manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of consumer products on compliance with consumer product safety laws, reporting obligations under applicable laws and product recalls. Mike defends clients in government investigations concerning the timeliness of reporting to the CPSC.
While attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, Mike was a member of the Connecticut Law Review and Moot Court Board.
Representation of companies in matters pending before, or related to, the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Representation, as national and regional counsel, of a number of manufacturers involved in the asbestos litigation.
Advises companies regarding acquisitions involving potential asbestos liabilities.
Representation of pharmaceutical and medical product companies in products liability cases pending in state and federal courts.
Representation of automobile manufacturer involved in the trace benzene litigation.
Representation, as national counsel, of a specialty chemical manufacturer involved in the trace benzene litigation.
Representation of companies in business tort litigation and contractual disputes.
Representation of local governments in high exposure tort actions pending in state and federal courts.
Member, Virginia State Bar
Member, Richmond Bar Association
Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Board of Management, Downtown YMCA, YMCA of Greater Richmond, 2004-2010
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell