Overview

For over twenty years Mike has defended the interests of corporate entities and individuals in civil matters.  His breadth of experience allows him to handle a wide variety of claims.  Over the years, he has counted among his clients automobile and boat manufacturers, attorneys, insurance agents, trucking and transportation companies, business owners, multi-national corporations and small businesses.  He has handled, and continues to handle, cases in the areas of Product Liability, Lemon Law/Warranty Law, Professional Malpractice, Trucking and Transportation, Business Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Construction Design/Manufacturing Defects and in the general area of Insurance Defense.

He has extensive first chair trial experience having successfully tried many cases in numerous courts throughout the State of Ohio.  In addition to several defense verdicts on behalf of clients in the automotive industry, Mike has prevailed on behalf of his clients in trials involving claims for wrongful death, amputation injuries, malicious prosecution and wrongful discharge.  He has also successfully argued cases in various Ohio Appellate Courts and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mike serves as the co-chair of the Firm’s Product Liability Practice Group.  He is a frequent presenter of continuing legal education seminars discussing the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and Consumer Sales Practices Act. Additionally, He has spoken to students in the Cleveland Public School system about the law profession and to students in the St. Ignatius High School pre law society.

Honors & Recognitions

Rated AV® Preeminent™: Very Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review



Community & Professional

Erie County Bar Association

Results

For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Professionalism and Ethics for Attorneys
    Cleveland, OH, Jul 14, 2017
  • A Lawyer’s Aspirational Ideals in Legal Malpractice
    Columbus, OH, Nov 17, 2016
  • Lemon Law and Administrative Regulations Governing Motor Vehicle Repairs
    Columbus, OH, Oct 13, 2016
  • Independence, OH, Jul 13, 2016
  • Consumer Sales Practices Act and other related consumer protection statutes
    Gilbride Company CLE, Independence, OH, May 13, 2015
  • Lemon Law, Motor Vehicle Repair Acts, and Federal Warranty Acts affecting the Consumer
    Gilbride Company CLE, Independence, OH, May 13, 2015
  • Automotive Repairs and Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Consumer Sales Practices Act
    Automotive Service Association of Ohio, Cleveland, OH, Oct 15, 2014
  • Consumer Sales Practices Act and its Application to Attorneys
    Gilbride & Co. CLE, Independence, OH, Sep 11, 2014
  • Pre-Suit Negotiations in Auto, Products Liability and Warranty Claims
    Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 24, 2014
  • The Consumer Sales Practices Act and the Ramification for Practicing Attorneys
    CLE - Cleveland, OH, Nov 15, 2013
  • Professionalism and Ethics
    CLE - Cleveland, OH, Nov 13, 2013
  • Professionalism and Ethics
    CLE - Independence, OH, Jul 25, 2013
  • Ohio Supreme Court Update on Lawyer Professionalism and Ethics
    Professional Liability Seminar - Cleveland, OH, Nov 11, 2011
  • Product Liability Law
    Moen Inc. in-house seminar - North Olmsted, OH, Sep 1, 2011
  • Attorneys CLE Seminar, Oct 21, 2010
  • Professionalism and Ethics
    Oct 20, 2009
  • The Automobile "Lemon Law" and the need for service documentation
    Jun 2, 2009
  • Professionalism, Gilbride & Company CLE
    Cleveland, Ohio, Oct 6, 2008
  • The Rules of Professionalism, Northwest Attorneys CLE Network for Professionalism and Ethics
    Toledo, Ohio, Nov 27, 2007

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Publications

Education

J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1993

B.A., Villanova University, 1990

Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2005
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