Michael is the City Attorney for Highland, Illinois, and Lebanon, Illinois, and Co-chair of the Public Entity Legal team. In these roles, Michael works directly with politicians, city managers, city directors and city staff to draft and implement public policy and ordinances, facilitate business development, negotiate real estate transactions, prosecute ordinance violations, and work directly with the public. Being part of the Madison County, Illinois and St. Clair County, Illinois legal communities allows Michael to achieve superior results for his clients in sometimes contentious venues.
As a litigator, Michael has varied and extensive litigation experience throughout Illinois and Missouri, including criminal court, small claims court, mediation, arbitration, and circuit court. Michael represents clients ranging from small business owners and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies in matters including collections, real estate transactions, evictions, Illinois gaming, family law, product liability, toxic tort liability, asbestos liability, premise liability, personal injury, business litigation and general litigation. Michael also has vast experience litigating on behalf of Plaintiffs including cases filed in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. Michael’s varied and extensive litigation experience makes him uniquely qualified to be a strong and successful advocate for his clients.
Michael is also one of the co-leaders of the firm's Asbestos Defense Team. His successes for his asbestos clients are attributed to his strong negotiation skills. He builds relationships and trust with each client to help them reach the best outcome for their unique situation. His background in family business has given him an entrepreneurial mindset that helps him approach each case from an owner's perspective to ensure the resolution makes the most financial sense.
Prior to attending law school, Michael worked as the General Manager of a retail automotive dealership in Madison County, Illinois where he negotiated the purchase and sale of thousands of vehicles. Working directly with employees and the general public as a retail automotive professional afforded Michael the opportunity to develop negotiation skills that he puts to great use as a litigator.
Apart from his legal practice, Michael enjoys swimming, skiing, boating, golf and playing sports with his boys.