Michael’s primary practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on product liability litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

During his time at Shook, Michael has been involved in the defense of product liability claims arising out of the use of prescription implantable cardiac medical devices. He has extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in federal multidistrict litigation, where he has deposed plaintiffs and other key fact witnesses. He has also defended litigations on behalf of manufacturers of breast implants, baby formula and other prescription medications. In addition, Michael has experience in the defense of toxic tort cases.

During his career, Michael had experience in all aspects of the pre-trial litigation process. Through written discovery and depositions, Michael has become particularly adept at crafting defenses that provide the basis for summary judgment motions.

Before becoming an attorney, Michael had extensive experience in the area of federal and state regulatory and legal compliance matters at a Fortune 500 company.

While in law school, Michael was editor-in-chief of the Drake Law Review and received the H.G. Cartwright Award for Best Note, 2003-2004. He is a member of the Order of the Coif. Michael also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Property.

In addition to his primary practice, Michael also devotes time to pro bono legal work and other charitable activities. Michael is a board member of Kansas City Lesbian, Gay and Allied Lawyers, a bar association serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied legal professionals in the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area.

Publications

The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996: Let It Sunset if Real Changes Are Not Made, 52 Drake L. Rev. 553 (2004).