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Mike has spent the last two decades litigating business and commercial disputes throughout Indiana and Michigan. He has litigated a wide range of disputes, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, including wrongful death actions, securities violations, contractual disputes, trade secrets actions, trademark and copyright infringement, coverage actions, and construction disputes. Mike has handled dozens of noncompetition cases both on behalf of the employer and the employee including during the preliminary injunction phase, at trial, and on appeal. Mike has participated in approximately 100 appeals in the state and federal courts of Indiana and Michigan and has argued numerous times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the Indiana Tax Court.
A representative listing of appellate cases include the following:
- BRC Rubber & Plastics, Inc. v. Cont'l Carbon Co., 981 F.3d 618 (7th Cir. 2020)
- School vs. Frantz, 156 N.E.3d 692 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020)
- Kosciusko Cty. Cmty. Fair, Inc. v. Clemens, 143 N.E.3d 310 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020)
- Great Lakes Anesthesia, P.C. v. O'Bryan, 99 N.E.3d 260 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018)
- Landmark Legacy, LP v. Runkle, 81 N.E.3d 1107 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017)
- Masters vs. Masters, 43 N.E.3d 570 (Ind. 2015)
- Einhorn v. Johnson, 996 N.E.2d 823 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
- Shawnee Constr. and Engineering, Inc. v. Stanley, 962 N.E.2d 76 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
- Selected for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers® in America publication in the areas of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Appointed to the Indiana Commercial Court Committee that provides guidance to the operation of Indiana’s commercial court system.
- Member, Allen County Bar Association
- Chair, Allen County Bar Association Board of Directors
- Member, Appellate Practice Section
- Member, Allen County Bar Foundation Board of Directors
- President of the Board, 2021
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- B.B.A. ,Finance, magna cum laude, Grand Valley State University
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School