In his 35-year career as a business litigator and municipal lawyer, Michael has developed a resolution-first approach to disputes that focuses on early negotiation, mediation and, if necessary, litigation. He has represented clients before state and federal administrative bodies, argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme and Appellate courts, handled numerous injunctions, and advocated for clients in arbitrations and mediations.
A member of Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation group, Michael has represented multinational companies, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits and closely held businesses in litigation matters such as healthcare business disputes; product liability, warranty and recall disputes and related insurance actions; contract disputes over the sale of businesses; shareholder and partner disputes; construction and related insurance disputes; consumer fraud defense actions; environmental cost recovery disputes; and employment litigation.
Among his notable experience:
Michael also has handled numerous governmental litigation and counseling matters for state and municipal agencies and elected officials, including the Illinois Supreme Court, the governor of Illinois, the mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the Chicago Transit Authority.
He currently serves as the Ethics and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority. He also currently represents the Chicago Police Board as its general counsel, advising the board on matters such as freedom of information; open meetings; and ethical issues involving state and municipal statutes, ordinances and regulations. He serves in a similar capacity as counsel for the Chicago-Gary Regional Airport Authority. Previously, Michael was Chief of the Legal Counsel Division of the city of Chicago’s Law Department, where he served as counsel to the mayor, city council, aldermen and city commissioners, and as legal coordinator of intergovernmental affairs and all municipal legislation.
Before beginning his legal career, Michael served in and received an honorable discharge from the U. S. Army.