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Overview

Detail-oriented and responsive to client needs, Michael provides strategic defenses and advice for self-insured employers facing workers’ compensation claims.

Michael provides counsel on high-value workers’ compensation cases involving complex facts and legal issues. He frequently assists with the investigation, prepares case analyses for clients – outlining current and potential workers’ compensation exposures and defenses – and assists the team in managing the direction of the litigation. Michael drafts global settlement agreements to help clients proactively avoid potential claims not covered in the Workers’ Compensation Act. In addition, he assists clients through subrogation opportunities to recover benefits paid.

Michael regularly works with administrative law judges at the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Division, informally and at hearings and mediations, to facilitate efficient and cost-effective disposition of cases, predominantly through negotiated compromise agreements. His experience includes significant appellate litigation before the Labor & Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals.

Michael has a genuine interest in the medical conditions and analyses of workers’ compensation cases. Aligning with his medical interest, he assists the firm’s healthcare compliance team in submitting applications to states for authorization to conduct business in those states.


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Education

  • J.D., Marquette University
  • M.S., University of Denver
    • Real Estate and Construction Management
  • B.B.A., University of Iowa
    • Finance

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

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Experience
  • Tried workers’ compensation disputes at administrative hearings.
  • Drafted appeal briefs to Labor & Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals.
  • Provided internal firm and client training on Wisconsin workers’ compensation laws, procedures and strategies.
  • Counseled employers on navigating "trap issues" that arise when injured worker is considered for termination from employment.
  • Frequently performed mathematical analysis to assist claims administrators in determining correct benefits due and paid/owed and determining potential exposures for setting file reserves.
  • Worked with employers involved in litigation with injured workers to coordinate global settlements of both non-workers' compensation claims and workers' compensation claims.
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