Overview

Mike is Counsel in the firm's Business Litigation and Construction practice groups. As a member of the Business Litigation group, Mike focuses his practice on general civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on financial services and insurance litigation.

Prior to law school, Mike spent more than five years working in financial institutions with respect to lending and real estate, providing him with a broad-based business background in the financial services industry, which he utilizes when representing financial institutions. Mike also has significant experience representing insurance companies in all types of litigation matters.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Mike served as a judicial extern for Judge Michael H. Watson, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Experience
Financial Services Litigation
  • Representing lending institutions in foreclosure actions, including defending counterclaims and appeals of successful actions. Successfully obtained dismissals, summary judgments, and dismissal of counterclaims in numerous foreclosure actions.
  • Assessing shareholder derivative action against a major lending institution. Acting as the neutral body in a derivative action, helped to analyze documents and evidence to determine whether the derivative action should be pursued.
  • Representing lender in breach of contract action related to a Las Vegas rent-a-car company's inventory financing arrangement.

Reported Decisions Include:

  • Bank of Am., N.A. v. Valentine, 2015-Ohio-1107
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Wiram, 2013-Ohio-2232
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Koonts, 2014-Ohio-3904
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Allton, 2014-Ohio-3742
  • Chase Home Fin., LLC v. Lindenmayer, 2014-Ohio-1041
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Elliott, 2013-Ohio-3690, jurisdiction denied at 2014-Ohio-176
  • Bank of N.Y. Mellon v. Burke, 2013-Ohio-2860
  • Equilibrium Pictures, Inc. v. Toth, 2013-Ohio-2613
  • Chase Home Fin., LLC v. Dougherty, 2013-Ohio-1464
  • Bank of Am., NA v. Valentine, 2013-Ohio-598, jurisdiction denied at 2013-Ohio-2512
Insurance Litigation
  • Representing officers and directors of a liquidated insurance company. Successfully defended a breach of fiduciary duty action brought by the Ohio Department of Insurance, negotiating and entering into a favorable settlement for millions of dollars less than the alleged liability.
  • Representing insurance company in action against a third-party administrator. Successfully pursued the employees of a third-party administrator who had allegedly misappropriated our client's funds.
  • Representing Medicaid managed care plan in bid protest, and in ensuing trial and appeal. After successfully protesting the State's award of Medicaid managed care contracts, and obtaining a contract for our client, we were able to successfully defend the State's award at trial and in the ensuing appeal.
  • Analyzing issues associated with the formation of captive insurance companies.
  • Representing independent insurance agents in license revocation hearings. Successfully represented multiple insurance agents in cases in which license revocation was being sought by the Department of Insurance.
Real Estate Litigation
  • Representing investors in a breach of contract action involving New York City sky scraper luxury apartment building. Successfully represented investors enabling them to recoup the millions of dollars in funds paid to the builder and developer of the property.
  • Defending sellers in breach of contract and fraud action related to a residential real estate transaction. Obtained directed verdict at trial on behalf of sellers as to all plaintiff's claims.
Power Company/Telecommunications Litigation
  • Representing power company in disputes related to easements. Pulled together all necessary information and evidence to file an action for an immediate temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring interference with the power company's right-of-way.
  • Representing interests of electric cooperatives in litigation against the City of Reynoldsburg. Filing amicus brief and successfully arguing a city cannot exercise home rule to force a utility to relocate its lines.
  • Defending power companies in injury/tort cases. Obtained summary judgment or dismissal of numerous cases involving plaintiff or plaintiff's decedent interest stemming from injuries incurred by contacting electrical lines.
  • Representing telecommunications company in school contracting matter. Obtained successful resolution of school contracting matter whereby the telecommunications company maintained its contractual/lease right to utilize the school's channel/licensed spectrum.
Publications
  • "Can Support For Democracy Be Taught? Study Shows Mixed Results," Science Blog, 1999
Presentations
  • “Single Member LLC Veil Piercing Strategies,” National Business Institute, National CLE Presenter, 2016
  • "Piercing the Corporate Veil & Alter Ego Liability," Rossdale CLE, National CLE Presenter, 2016
  • “Litigating the Case – Key Strategies for Both Sides,” Piercing the LLC or Corporate Veil: Start to Finish, National Business Institute, CLE Presenter, 2015
  • “How to Avoid Top Business Practices Mistakes that Lead to Veil Piercing,” Piercing the LLC or Corporate Veil: Start to Finish, National Business Institute, CLE Presenter, 2015

Distinctions
  • Selected for inclusion in Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 to 2018
  • Law Review, staff member, 2006 to 2007; associate editor, coordinator, Wells Conference on Adoption Law, 2007 to 2008
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • Columbus Bar Association, member

Community Activities

  • Board Member of Tremont Elementary School Association (Upper Arlington City Schools) 
  • Northwest Kiwanis Soccer League Coach Tremont Elementary School (Upper Arlington City Schools)
  • Dublin Youth Association, basketball coach