Mike focuses his practice on representing clients involved in commercial, insurance, construction, and maritime disputes. In January 2014, he recovered a $2 million jury verdict for a client in a breach-of-contract case in Rhode Island Federal Court.
Mike understands that economic, business, and other factors frequently dictate the best course of action for his clients. He has tried, arbitrated, and otherwise litigated cases involving business contracts, Jones Act and general maritime law, claims for life, health and disability insurance benefits, construction defects and accidental death, among other issues.
In addition to being an assistant instructor of Federal Practice/Commercial Litigation at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Mike is a frequent author and speaker on topics including federal court practice and procedure, admiralty law, and insurance coverage. He also was appointed to the Rhode Island Federal District Court Local Rules Committee and is a co-author of the Local Admiralty Rules for the District of Rhode Island.
$2 million jury verdict — Recovered a $2 million jury verdict in a breach-of-contract case involving a dispute over a 17-year business relationship between companies involved in the plastic film industry.
Obtained summary judgment — Obtained summary judgment for health insurer in ERISA action involving claim of wrongful denial of health benefits.
Landmark decision in Rhode Island — Obtained a favorable order for a general contractor seeking to enforce an Ohio arbitration clause. The matter was named as one of the most important Rhode Island opinions of 2012 because it was the first time a court concluded that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted a Rhode Island statute that prohibits out-of-state arbitration in certain construction matters.