Mike and his team use real-time analytics, alternative fee arrangements and sophisticated case assessments to help in-house counsel achieve better legal outcomes. Using Coefficient Litigation Management—a data-driven, efficient approach to complex litigation—Mike creates and executes innovative legal strategy to help his clients cleanly resolve individual cases and entire national litigation portfolios.

Mike’s nationwide practice includes defending clients sued for product liability, tort, negligence, consumer protection, fraud, business litigation, automotive liability and premises liability, and counseling clients on mitigating risk with effective contracts. He represents product manufacturers and service providers across many industries, including the security alarm, fire suppression, construction, chemical, vehicle sales, water products, food service, telecommunications, senior living, and battery industries. 

Diversity and inclusion has been a cornerstone of Mike’s work at Shook and in the community. Mike serves as the diversity advocate for Shook Kansas City, and has been a faculty member for the Shook Scholars Institute diversity and inclusion-focused development program since it began in 2018.  

Additionally, Mike is an avid traveler and outdoorsman. He has hiked and climbed extensively in Patagonia, South America, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and swam with blue whales in Sri Lanka. Mike serves on the Board of Directors for Visit KC, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting tourism and conventions in Kansas City. Mike has worked with Friends of the Congo, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit dedicated to bringing about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also the founder of the Chess and Boxing Society at the University of Kansas School of Law.


Publications and Presentations

Senior Care in the Time of COVID-19, Shook Client Primer, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, May 7, 2020. 

Preparing for Settlement Conferences and Mediation,
The Missouri Bar ADR Workshop CLE, October 2019.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, November 2018.

Missouri State and Federal Pleading Quirks, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Missouri, December 2016 (with Jennifer Artman). 

Michael J. Cappo, Douglas S. Beck and Brandon K. Gutshall, Chapter 8: Intentional and Negligent Misrepresentation, Missouri Tort Law (MoBar 4th ed. 2015).

Practical Uses of Technology in the Practice of Law, October 2015 (with Aaron Hankel and Aaron Kirkland).

Minimizing Damages Over the Course of a Litigation, CLE Presentation, September 2014 (with Martin Bax).