"I enjoy every opportunity to make a difference for my clients. It's important that I earn their trust and confidence and that they know I'm committed to representing them and finding creative solutions."


As a partner in the firm’s Construction and Project Development and Appellate Practice Groups, Mike specializes in Federal procurement disputes from informal negotiations through appeals. Mike’s knowledge of the Federal procurement process benefits clients not only benefits clients when disputes arise but also helps them avoid those disputes by identifying potential trouble spots.

Mike has successfully litigated Tucker Act and Contract Disputes Act claims against the Federal government as well as prime/subcontractor contract issues in both Federal and state courts. He has practiced in front of the General Accountability Office, Court of Federal Claims, Northern District of Alabama, Southern District of Alabama, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court, along with state courts in northern and southern Alabama.

Among his accomplishments, Mike beat a petition for mandamus seeking dismissal of a case in which dozens of hospitals sued dozens of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors at the Alabama Supreme Court. Mike also obtained a reversal of the Court of Federal Claims at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in a case Nash & Cibinic described as “the most important procurement case of the year.” Mike is a member of the Mobile Bar Association, Baldwin County Bar Association, and the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. Mike is also one of Burr & Forman's attorneys named to J.D. Supra's 2022 Readers' Choice Award for top authors and has been named a SuperLawyers “Rising Star” from 2017–2022.

When away from work and clients, Mike enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with his family. He is an adjunct professor teaching procurement law at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.


  • Successful defense against mandamus petition from the Circuit Court of Conecuh County in a complex litigation involving the viability of nuisance claims against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. After the Alabama Supreme Court ordered briefing on the manufacturers and distributors’ petition seeking dismissal, it denied the petition and returned the case to the Circuit Court of Conecuh County for trial.
  • Bid protest of the United States Customs and Border Protection's amended solicitation for IT services that allowed offerors to only amend certain portions of their submitted proposals. On appeal to the Federal Circuit, won reversal of the Court of Federal Claims holding that the pre-award protest grounds had been waived under application of the Blue & Gold waiver rule.
  • Breach of contract suit alleging that prime contractor solicited subcontractor’s employees and failed to sponsor subcontractor for a facility clearance contrary to subcontract’s terms. After bench trial, Northern District of Alabama held that prime contractor did not solicit subcontractor’s employees but did breach contract by not sponsoring subcontractor for facility clearance. The Northern District of Alabama then reduced damage award by almost 90% because plaintiff failed to mitigate damages. On appeal, Eleventh Circuit affirmed reduction in damages. Post-mandate, Northern District of Alabama denied plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees.
  • Successful defense against an appeal of grant of summary judgment by Southern District of Georgia in subcontractor’s suit against prime contractor over termination of subcontract and calculation of vehicle storage fees on Department of Defense transportation contract. Eleventh Circuit affirmed district court’s grant of summary judgment.
  • Bid protest at the Government Accountability Office on USDA contract award for development, operation, and maintenance of tracking software for agricultural imports. Sustained on multiple grounds including irrational past performance evaluation, irrational technical evaluation, and irrational best-value tradeoff decision.
  • Bid protest of the Department of the Army’s decision to cancel small business set-aside award under General Services Administration schedule for firefighting services and issue as full and open under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity vehicle protestor did not hold for failure to comply with the Rule of Two. Court of Federal Claims sustained, holding that protest did not fall under Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act’s jurisdictional bar and that agency failed to conduct proper market analysis.
  • Contract Disputes Act claim against the Department of Energy based on agency’s failure to provide proper notice that it would disallow costs in construction of plutonium processing plant. Court of Federal Claims granted summary judgment to plaintiff and remanded to agency for determination of amount owed.
  • Bid protest of Department of Commerce’s award of federal supply schedule task order for development, operation, and management of database analysis tools for United States Census. Court of Federal Claims sustained, holding that agency’s cost-realism analysis was irrational and failed to consider important facts.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act suit in which Unmanned Aerial System maintenance personnel alleged failure to pay overtime. Defeated motion for class certification and settled sole remaining plaintiff’s claim for less than 5% of estimated exposure.
  • Defense Contractors Whistleblower Protection Act suit alleging that defendant terminated plaintiff in retaliation for complaints about agency exercising direct supervision over contractor personnel. Northern District of Alabama granted summary judgment, holding that shouting match between plaintiff and government employee was nonpretextual and legitimate reason for termination.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act suit alleging defendant retaliated against plaintiff by discharging him after request for accommodation. Eastern District of Virginia granted summary judgment on retaliation claim, holding that government’s refusal to accept plaintiff for further postings was a legitimate, nonpretextual reason for termination.
  • Alabama Prompt Pay Act suit alleging that defendant municipal airport authority had failed to pay flooring contractor for work performed. Circuit Court of Madison County, Alabama granted summary judgment, awarding plaintiff full amount of claim and attorney’s fees.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Government Contracts (2017-2022)


Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Family Services Center, Inc., Board of Directors (2016-2018, 2021)

Professional Activities

  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors (2018-2019)
  • Huntsville Federal Bar Association
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association


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