Mike is widely regarded as one of the leading attorneys in the United States representing insurers in coverage matters. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business reports that Mike is “a good guy—a very solid, very smart lawyer,” and that he is “one of the most sophisticated coverage guys in Chicago.” The Best Lawyers In America named Mike the 2015 Chicago Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year," based on particularly impressive voting averages he received during the nationwide peer assessment process.
For more than thirty-two years, he has represented property and casualty insurers in disputes with their policyholders over insurance coverage -- at the claims stage, in trial courts, and on appeal. He has served as national coverage counsel to several major property and casualty insurers in its mass tort and environmental coverage cases, and has been lead counsel for insurers in significant mass tort coverage litigation (asbestos, lead paint, silica, breast implants, pharmaceutical products, and medical devices), environmental coverage suits, managed care professional liability matters, disputes between excess and primary insurers, policy rescission actions, and high stakes disputes over the insurer’s right to appoint defense counsel.
Mike drafts policy language, has administered claims programs, and has been retained as a consultant and expert witness on insurance issues. He has authored amicus briefs for the insurance industry’s leading trade associations, for many years taught a law school course on insurance law, and his articles and book chapters on insurance law topics have been cited by courts as persuasive authority.
Admitted to Practice
- Illinois (1982)
- Florida (1983)
- Arizona (2010)
- Wisconsin (2014)
- United States Supreme Court (1992)
- United States Circuit Courts of Appeals
Third (1987), Fifth (1998), Sixth (1992), Seventh (2003), Tenth (2002), Eleventh (2000)
- Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (1994 – Present)
- Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1987-98)
- Phelan, Pope & John (1985 – 1994)
- Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban & Fuller (1982 – 1985)