Michael is part of Shook’s General Liability Litigation Group. As a former judicial clerk, he has experience researching, drafting and analyzing issues related to many practice areas, including insurance law, regulatory law, product liability and other torts. 
 
Before practicing law, Michael taught philosophy, logic and history courses at the University of Kansas and the University of Saint Mary. He earned a Ph.D. after defending a natural law understanding of ethics and morality, which placed historical thinkers like Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas in dialogue with many of today’s foremost philosophers. It is his ability to present complex ideas in a straightforward, practical manner that helped him secure a clerkship for Judge Grasz on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. While a clerk, Michael worked on a wide variety of cases—wrongful death, crop damage, insurance contracts, criminal procedure, death penalty, copyright, bankruptcy and more—to make sure the court’s decisions were well-informed, clear and just.