Mike focuses his practice on representing business owners, companies and entrepreneurs in complex commercial litigation involving a wide range of business disputes, including breach of contract, construction, fiduciary duty claims, professional malpractice, insurance coverage and employment issues. Mike has tried and won cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and American Arbitration Association. He also works with Shook’s healthcare division to represent healthcare providers in business disputes as well as individual providers in credentialing or licensing issues.
Breach of Contract - Represents businesses and corporations in prosecuting and defending litigation concerning purchase agreements, service contracts, warranty claims and licensing agreements.
Construction - Defends and prosecutes construction claims on behalf of contractors and owners, including failure to pay, warranty, negligence and delay claims. Work includes prosecution of lien rights.
Fiduciary Duty/Business Torts - Prosecutes and defends claims stemming from joint ventures, partnerships and shareholder relationships. Also includes litigation involving individual owner/executive misconduct.
Professional Malpractice - Defends securities brokers, insurance agents, lawyers and other professionals in claims asserting failure of performance or breach of the appropriate standard of care. Representations focused on the defense of professionals.
Employment - Represents companies in the enforcement or defense of restrictive covenants in employment or executive agreements. Work is focused on the preservation of employers' rights.
Bankruptcy – Prosecutes the rights of business creditors in bankruptcy and adversary proceedings.
Before joining Shook, Mike served for two years as law clerk to The Hon. Dale E. Saffels, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.
July 2016 –Tried $13-million defective design claim concerning water treatment plants in the Southwest on behalf of international water resources company. Trial was before construction-specific arbitration panel; matter resolved on terms beneficial to client at the conclusion of the plaintiff/opposing party’s case.
August 2015 – Successfully resolved $30-million claim related to specialty foundation for condominium tower in Miami, Florida for international subterranean construction firm.
May 2013 – Successfully resolved $11-million claim arising from municipal utility project for international construction company.
April 2012 – Hired after trial and successfully secured reversal before the Oklahoma Supreme Court of a $10-million verdict in consumer protection, fraud case for international manufacturing client.
August 2011 – Prevailed in preserving multimillion dollar creditor claim through complex Chapter 11 proceeding; including trial of contested appointment of trustee and adversary proceeding.
November 2010 – Secured summary judgment for insurance broker on $13-million claim stemming from Katrina-related property damage.
October 2010 – Secured a defense verdict for broker-dealer client before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel.
December 2009 - Won a $2.7-million federal jury verdict in favor of client asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract. Claims stemmed from the parties' failed joint venture to co-develop and co-own a software product. Federal court granted multimillion dollar fee award.
March 2009 - Successfully represented general contractor in breach of contract claim against project owner. Jury returned a verdict ($600,000) against owner for full amount of damages and rejected owner's million-dollar counterclaim.
Mike's recent publications include co-authoring the Kansas law chapter in the Defense Research Institute's Non-Compete national compendium and co-authoring an article on effective mentoring published in DRI's For the Defense magazine.
Presented Effective Use of Video Depositions at Trial at the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.
Presented Kansas Non-Competes: A Primer at the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.