Overview

With experience spanning federal government, private practice, and in-house roles, Mike advises clients on legal and regulatory matters particularly in the area of consumer goods and product safety.

Mike has held multiple positions at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He served as senior counsel for the Office of CPSC Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic from 2014-2017, where he advised on various policy, enforcement, and ethics issues. He led several efforts to reform rules and regulations, including an initiative to reduce the paperwork burden on CPSC-regulated companies. He also worked at the CPSC as a legal fellow and law clerk in the Office of Commissioner Nancy Nord.

Most recently, Mike advised a major recreational product and motor vehicle manufacturer on product safety and compliance strategies, representing the company in agency proceedings, in stakeholder organizations, and in trade associations. He also served the company in a government relations role, advancing legislative and policy objectives before federal, state, and local governments. His legal training included service with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

Aided by a prior career in broadcast journalism, Mike is a frequent speaker at industry and other conferences on product safety, regulatory, compliance, and government affairs topics.

Admitted only in Maryland, not admitted in the District of Columbia. Practicing under the supervision of partners of Schiff Hardin LLP admitted in the District of Columbia.

  • Experience

    • Provided regulatory and political counsel in civil penalty settlement with CPSC that included an unprecedented global release of potential liability.
    • Negotiated dozens of CPSC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls.
    • Led successful effort to reduce CPSC’s administrative burdens on apparel industry by more than $250 million annually.
    • Led successful effort to reform CPSC’s rules of adjudicative proceedings to prevent usurpation of Commission authority.
    • Overturned denials of three pharmaceutical claims totaling more than $180,000 for one treatment at one hospital.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2012
      Federal Circuit Bar Journal
      Mock Trial Board, Member
      Moot Court Board, Member
      Federalist Society, President
      Military Law Society, President
    • Florida State University, M.A., Communications, 2009
    • Florida State University, B.A., History, 2003

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland
      • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

          Professional Memberships

          • International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, Member
            • 2018 Annual Meeting & Training Symposium, Planning Committee
            • 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, Planning Committee
            • 2019 Annual Meeting & Training Symposium, Planning Committee

             

          • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Member
            • Recreational Products SLG, In-House Co-Chair (2018)
            • Product Liability Committee
            • Young Lawyers Committee
            • Corporate Counsel Committee (2017-2018)

             

          • American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
          • Maryland State Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Member
          • Federalist Society, Member

          Teaching Appointments

          • Florida State University, College of Communication and Information, Public Speaking, Graduate Teaching Assistant

          Languages Spoken & Fluency

          • Spanish, Limited
        • Insights

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          Event

          Changing Consumer Expectations for Product Safety

          American Home Furnishings Alliance, 2019 Regulatory Summit

          Location:
          Jamestown, N.C.
          Blog Post

          Will CPSC Recalls Soon Get FASTER?

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

          Blog Post
          Blog Post

          Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

          Blog Post

          Buerkle Withdraws: CPSC’s Future Gets Hazier

          Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog

          Blog Post

          Publications

          • “Riding the Trails to Bad Law: The Inevitably Unjust Results of the National Trails System Act and Current Takings Jurisprudence,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, Vol. 47 (Spring 2012)

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Changing Consumer Expectations for Product Safety”, American Home Furnishings Alliance, 2019 Regulatory Summit, Jamestown, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2019)
          • “Regulatory Update for the US and the EU,” International Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering 2019, San Jose, Calif. (May 7, 2019)
          • “Practical Methods for Establishing a Product Safety Program,” (co-presenter) International Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering 2019, San Jose, Calif. (May 7, 2019)
          • Testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce of the Committee on Energy & Commerce in an oversight hearing of the Consumer Product Safety Commission entitled, “Protecting Americans from Dangerous Products: Is the Consumer Product Safety Commission Fulfilling Its Mission?” (Apr. 9, 2019)
          • “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: How Burgeoning Access to Information Has and Will Impact Consumer Expectations for Product Safety,” (panelist) 2018 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2018)
          • “From the Outside Looking Back In: CPSC Practice from a Former Insider’s Perspective,” Children’s Products Panel Counsel Meeting, DRI 2018 Product Liability Conference, San Diego, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2018)
          • “Discussion of Policy Views on Consumer Misuse of Products,” (moderator) 2017 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2018)
          • “The Year in Review – A Civil Penalty Overview in the Wake of Gree, Spectrum Brands, and Zen Magnets,” (panelist) 2017 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2018)
          • “Medicare (Dis)Advantage?: How Medicare Advantage is Supposed to Work and What Hospitals Can Do to Make It Work for Them,” 2014 South Carolina HFMA Annual Institute, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (May 28, 2014)
          • Once Twice Upon a Midnight Dreary: The Ins, Outs, and Implications of Medicare’s Two-Midnight Rule,” 2014 South Texas HFMA Annual Institute, South Padre Island, Texas (May 22, 2014)
          • “Medicare (Dis)Advantage?: How Medicare Advantage is Supposed to Work and What Hospitals Can Do to Make It Work for Them,” 2014 Virginia AAHAM Spring Regional Conference, Charlottesville, Va. (Mar. 7, 2014)
        • Citizenship

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • Served as frequent judge of moot court competitions at The George Washington University Law School
          • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer