Mike is a problem-solver whose practice focuses primarily on resolving high-stakes environmental disputes that are legally novel or technically complex.
He is well-versed in decades-old statutes and regulations that govern rapidly-evolving areas issues such as fracking, superfund remediation and carbon capture sequestration. Mike’s mission is to cut through confusion and explain his clients’ needs to decision makers in terms they can easily digest.
While much of his current work involves disputes arising under environmental statutes including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, Mike has represented parties involved in commercial, class action, toxic tort and regulatory litigation in courts throughout the United States. His past clients span diverse industries including manufacturing, power generation and transmission, and the financial and insurance sectors; and he has worked with hundreds of experts in fields ranging from history and economics to environmental engineering and risk assessment.
Mike’s beginnings in a West Virginia steel town provide him with a unique perspective when litigating headline-grabbing cases involving large industrial sites. Not only does he understand the details of each case, he can distill complicated facts into compelling arguments that carry weight with courts. This measured approach has successfully disentangled dozens of Mike’s clients from costly and time-consuming disputes.
Mike chairs Schiff Hardin’s Law Student Recruitment Committee.