Mike's experience in nearly 20 years of practice has focused on complex disputes in the insurance, commercial, franchise, and governmental liability areas. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court as well as in arbitration, and has successfully taken matters through appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Within this wide-ranging litigation practice, Mike’s workload keeps a heavy concentration on insurance coverage issues affecting insurers and insureds along with Gulf Coast, particularly in the first-party property area. Mike has taken a lead role in assisting insurance carriers in handling claims arising from hurricanes and other catastrophic weather events, including issuance of coverage opinions and handling all aspects of litigation and trial.
Mike is a member of the Insurance Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), currently serving as chair of its Commercial General Liability (CGL) subcommittee, and he continues to publish and present extensively on a wide range of insurance issues. He also presently serves as the chair of the Mobile Bar Association’s Diversity Task Force.
Mike is a native of Dallas, Texas who received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In 1995, Mike achieved magna cum laude honors in earning his J.D. from the University of Alabama. Mike has been in private practice since 1996, and is admitted to practice before all State and Federal courts in Alabama, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mike is married to Mimi, his wife of twenty-two years, and has three children: Mary Cole (14), Annie (13), and Thomas (11).