A member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, Michael focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense, while also working with the firm’s Labor & Employment team to protect clients from related employment claims. He primarily defends clients in the transportation and manufacturing industries, including less-than-truckload carriers, full truckload carriers, trash disposal service providers and manufacturers of machine components, industrial supplies and construction products. Michael’s experience includes representing insurance carriers and self-insured employers, providing guidance and counsel on high-value cases with complex facts and legal issues.
Michael frequently prepares case analyses for clients, outlining their current and potential workers’ compensation exposures and defenses, to establish the foundational information for each case and to assist the team in managing the direction of the case investigation and litigation.
Michael regularly works with administrative law judges at the Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Division, both informally and at hearing and settlement conferences, to facilitate efficient and cost-effective disposition of all cases, predominantly through negotiated compromise agreements. His experience also includes significant appellate litigation before the Labor and Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. Michael also assists his clients through subrogation to recover benefits paid for work injuries caused by third parties.