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Before law school, Mike worked as an electrical engineer at Ralston Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving his law degree, Mike served as a judicial clerk to Federal District Judge Richard Mills in Springfield, Illinois. Following that clerkship, he worked in private practice in Springfield primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, and commercial litigation. He joined Heyl Royster in the Springfield office in 2000 and moved to the firm's Edwardsville office in 2003. He became a partner with the firm in 2004. In the Spring of 2011, Mike returned to the firm's Springfield office.
Mike concentrates his practice in the defense of professional liability matters, commercial litigation, products liability cases (including Truck/Motor Carrier litigation), and environmental/toxic torts. He was lead trial counsel and successfully defended a Fortune 500 company in a one week federal court products liability trial in 2008. Mike was lead counsel defending another Fortune 500 company in the largest multiple site CERCLA litigation in southern Illinois and he continues to be involved in the defense of a refinery alleged by several hundred residents to have collectively contaminated air and ground water causing personal injury and property damage. Mike has also had several other defense verdicts in the professional liability area in the last year.