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Overview

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.

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.


Industries

Service

Education

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

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin 
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA)
Experience
  • Tried workers’ compensation disputes at administrative hearings, and drafted appeal briefs to the Labor and 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 an injured worker is being considered for termination from employment.
  • Frequently performed mathematical analysis to assist claims administrators in determining the correct benefits due and paid/owed, and determining the potential exposures for setting file reserves.
  • Worked with employers involved in litigation with injured workers to coordinate global settlements of both non-worker’s compensation claims and worker’s compensation claims.