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. A member of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, Michael has experience representing insurance carriers and self-insured employers, providing counsel on high-value cases with complex facts and legal issues. He 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 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 also includes significant appellate litigation before the Labor and Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. He also assists his clients through subrogation opportunities to recover benefits paid.