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Overview

Michael focuses his practice on water matters, often representing clients regarding public water supply district law.

One of his primary clients is a Missouri public water supply district. Michael's industry experience has included:

  • Handled all aspects of public water supply district annexation process.
  • Negotiated, prepared and analyzed real estate conveyances and easements.
  • Defended against property damage complaints related to construction of infrastructure projects.
  • Advised on worker’s compensation matters (including claims and insurance coverage issues).

Within the community, Michael is a member of the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) and a member of the board of directors of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, which provides educational services, policy recommendations, testing services, and project and grant management and administration related to drinking water, water quality, storm and wastewater management, and nonpoint pollution issues in partnership with the City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., the City of Springfield, Greene County, Mo., the Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and others.

Michael also represents business clients and lenders in state and federal courts in matters involving business and commercial litigation, foreclosures, bankruptcy, construction and lien law, and real estate disputes. He has considerable experience with Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) sales, replevins, attachments, receiverships, and negotiating and drafting forbearance agreements.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • B.A., Southwest Missouri State University

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Missouri Mediators
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Rural Water Association
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2007-2009

Clerkship

The Hon. Kerry L. Montgomery, Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, 1993-1994

Experience
  • Counseling in all aspects of the annexation process involving public water supply district.
  • Analyzed, prepared and negotiated real estate conveyances and easements.
  • Defended against property damage and personal injury complaints related to construction of infrastructure projects.
  • Advised on worker’s compensation matters, including claims and insurance coverage issues.
  • Negotiated and prepared inter-governmental agreement related to joint billing and collection practices.
  • Litigated and mediated disputes under 7 United States Code (USC) Section 1926(b), which protects the boundaries of public water supply districts.
  • Negotiated, reviewed and prepared design and construction contracts related to water tower and water line projects and other construction projects.
  • Negotiated, reviewed and prepared numerous license agreements and related documents related to the installation and maintenance of wireless telecommunications antennae and equipment on water towers.
  • Advised and represented public, corporate and nonprofit clients on a wide range of corporate governance and general legal matters, including corporate bylaws, board elections and board member qualifications, Missouri Sunshine Law issues, competitive bidding requirements, prevailing wage requirements, rate increases, impact fees, account collection matters and dispute resolution.
  • Represented a condominium developer in complex dispute with condominium owners association over the capacity and operation of a privately owned but publicly regulated sewage treatment facility.
  • Assisted an investor with due diligence process in connection with an asset purchase and production agreement for a biofuel facility in southwest Missouri.
Thought Leadership
Community Leadership
  • Springfield Little Theatre, Board of Directors, 2004-2011
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Board of Directors, chair, 2009-present
  • Springfield Art Museum, Board of Directors, 2004-2010