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Overview

From residential units to factories to stadiums, Mike enjoys helping clients actualize pivotal community projects.

Mike assists design professionals, architects, engineers, general contractors and other critical stakeholders in order to build and improve the Kansas City region – his lifelong home. Mike’s extensive experience includes:

  • Contract disputes
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims
  • Construction litigation
  • Professional liability

Clients appreciate Mike’s zealous advocacy and community engagement, which includes serving as Mayor for the city of Roeland Park in Johnson County, Kansas. This involvement makes him especially good at identifying trends that impact business across the metropolitan region. An active collaborator, he routinely works at all levels of government to move matters forward.


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Services

Recognition

  • Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
    • Advocacy Certificate
    • Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ), Advocacy Award
    • Jessup International Moot Court Team, Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence
  • B.A., Kansas State University
    • Electronic Journalism major; Political Science and Leadership Studies minors
    • Outstanding Public Speaker award
    • Phi Delta Theta, president
    • Collegian, multimedia editor

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor client facing $35 million subcontractor injury suit.
  • Defended and resolved multiple litigation disputes on behalf of geotechnical engineer following commercial building settlement and flooding.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of railroad in Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) suit.
Outside the Office

Mike gets off the grid.

Mike and his family inherited a Spartan cabin on the Manitou stretch of Lake Ontario, which provides everything one needs – as well as everything one doesn’t need – for a no-tech vacation. Acquired by his grandfather while serving in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, the island sparked Mike’s love of nature and travel. Other favorite getaways include rafting in Colorado, exploring the hills of Dartmoor, England, and hiking the redwoods of Big Sur, California.

Community Leadership

Mike works toward climate-resilient solutions.

Mike co-founded and leads Climate Action KC. The group of 100 elected officials from Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri – along with private and nonprofit sector collaborators – work to implement proactive policy and practices that improve climate resilience and generate corresponding economic, social and public health benefits for the region.