Michael is the City Attorney for Highland, Illinois and the Co-chair of the Public Entity Legal team. In this role, Michael works directly with politicians, 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 a part of the Madison County, Illinois legal community allows Michael to achieve superior results for his clients, including the City of Highland, in a sometimes contentious venue.
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, 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 Central Illinois, Southern Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas. Michael’s varied and extensive litigation experience makes him uniquely qualified to be a strong and successful advocate for his clients.
As co-leader of the firm's Asbestos Defense group, Michael spends much of his time on asbestos defense work. His successes are attributed to his strong negotiation skills. He builds relationships and trust with each client to help them reach the best outcome for their 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 skiing, boating, golf and playing sports with his boys.