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Overview

Michael views the law in terms of solutions, not problems. He chose to focus his practice on litigation, because he sees it as an opportunity to find solutions for clients.

Michael enjoys the challenge and creative thinking inherent in his work. It’s exciting for him to find the best argument to present a client’s position in court, to determine a workable settlement, or to develop an innovative litigation strategy. His clients note that he’s always careful to understand their business objectives and strives to execute a litigation strategy consistent with those aims.

While Michael has represented clients in a wide array of industries through a variety of lawsuits, he has a special focus on complex business and intellectual property litigation. He’s especially passionate about working with intellectual property—in the modern business world, ideas, technologies and innovations are companies’ most valuable assets. This value is largely driven by intellectual property rights, the legal rights that Michael helps his clients assert and defend.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, Conflict of Laws
    • Missouri Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Economics
    • cum laude

Admissions

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Clerkship

  • The Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2014-2015
Experience
  • Represented an insurer in multiple policyholder lawsuits alleging misrepresentation of parametric crop coverage. After narrowing the plaintiffs' claims through successful motion practice, Michael and his team secured a settlement at a fraction of the client's exposure.
  • Defended agricultural technology company in patent infringement case. Reached settlement after securing favorable claim construction rulings, with Patent Trial and Appeal Board granting client's request for inter partes review.
Outside the Office

Michael enjoys playing recreational tennis. He’s also an avid University of Missouri Athletics fan, with a special passion for Mizzou Tigers football.