- Legal Services
He successfully litigates matters for manufacturers, retailers, construction companies, and government entities in areas like product liability, construction and municipal liability.
Mike defends product liability cases involving everything from brake systems to ozone generators and destruct units to cosmetic manufacturing processes. He has defended cases involving toxic poisoning, deaths and catastrophic loss due to product defects, fire and explosions. He has designed programs for manufacturers to bring their products into compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act. He also constructed a product compliance/audit program for the world's seventh largest furniture maker and drafted warnings for consumer products of medical device companies. As chair of the Product Liability Practice Group, Mike oversees a team providing these services to clients across the country.
Mike represents general contractors, prime contractors, real estate developers, landowners, second tier contractors and insurers in all types of construction-related litigation including construction defect cases. He has successfully litigated issues of tenders of defense, hold harmless agreements, and indemnification agreements.
Mike defends civil rights and municipal tort liability. He has used the Illinois Tort Immunity Act to great effect in defending clients such as state agencies, many municipalities and various schools, forest preserves, park districts and villages
- Partner, Executive Committee- SmithAmundsen
- Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1988
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1983, cum laude