Mike helps people who have been injured. As a result of his results in personal injury cases, Mike has been recognized as one of the best young lawyers in Georgia and named a Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine. Only 2.5% of all lawyers in Georgia are selected as Rising Stars. Mike speaks to other lawyers about personal injury work and trial techniques at CLEs and other events. He has also published articles about opening statements at trial, using hearsay evidence, and emerging legal issues.
Mike initially practiced law with Troutman Sanders LLP, an international law firm based in Atlanta, defending companies in personal injury and commercial litigation cases. He routinely represented Georgia’s largest electric utility in cases involving commercial vehicles. The firm selected Mike as its “Legal Aid Fellow,” and he fought for low-income individuals whose landlords illegally evicted them or forced them to live in poor conditions. Mike still fights for crime victims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia who are injured because of negligence by landlords and property owners.
Mike graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. While in law school, Mike excelled on both the National Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams. He won the Ralph J. Beaird Closing Argument Competition and the Talmadge Moot Court Competition. The law school named Mike the “Outstanding Mock Trial Advocate” of his class and inducted him into the Lumpkin Inn of Court and the National Order of the Barristers. He is often asked to teach current law students advocacy skills and trial techniques.
Mike graduated cum laude from Furman University and currently serves as an Ambassador for the University. In that role, he interviews perspective students and provides feedback to the Admissions Department. While at Furman, Mike served as captain of the Mock Trial Team and worked for U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham. Mike then worked for a number of news organizations, including Fox News Channel in New York City and Cox Broadcasting’s Washington, DC news bureau. Each day he helped tell audiences about challenges faced by individuals and their communities. Now, instead of telling stories on television to thousands of viewers at home, Mike advocates for his clients to juries.