Mike graduated from Hamline University School of Law after working for more than 15 years with government, nonprofit and education organizations. Mike was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 1997, the Federal District Court in 2004, and is qualified as a mediator by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Since 2014, Mike has been selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer honoree every year; selection for this respected list recognizes lawyers for their outstanding professional achievements who have attained a high degree of peer recognition. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Mike has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Workers' Compensation Law every year since 2010. In 2016, Mike was chosen as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.
As a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, Mike has actively lobbied the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Advisory Council and the Minnesota Legislature to support change in the Minnesota Workers' Compensation laws to benefit injured workers. Mike frequently speaks to labor union members about the rights of injured workers.
Mike and his family live in Hastings where he is an active member of his church and community. In 2009, he was awarded the "Distinguished Leadership Award" from the YMCA of Hastings.