As the head of SBR’s litigation group, Mike brings a more than twenty-year track record of courtroom successes in complex civil, business, and employment litigation. Mike’s trial, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution track record includes decades of experience at some of the largest law firms in Wisconsin and Michigan, and in “bet the company” and “bet the career” noncompete, commercial, trade secret, and employment litigation. At SBR, Mike is able to offer his experience and courtroom skills in a cost-effective manner to meet his clients’ needs.
With a track record of courtroom success, Mike and the SBR litigation team avoid a frequent pitfall for clients in civil litigation: lawyers who run up excessive legal bills during years of discovery and delays, only to later cave to unproductive settlements because they are “afraid to try a case.” No litigator can guarantee success in a lawsuit, but SBR litigators position their clients for success by impressing upon opponents that they will not hesitate to try or arbitrate a case in their clients’ best interests.
Mike’s record of courtroom success is ongoing, including successes in jury trial, injunction, and appellate matters. Since 2021 alone, Mike has:
- Won a seven-figure jury verdict for a commercial client for damages arising out of breached tax and accounts receivable warranties in a sale of business transaction in Wisconsin Circuit Court.
- Obtained a published Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinion invalidating a non-disclosure/confidentiality post-employment restriction as overbroad as written under Wisconsin’s unique noncompetition law.
- Defeated an injunction request arising from a multi-million-dollar sale of business transaction and non-competition agreements signed therein, to preserve the business of one of the largest, private COVID-19 testing and vaccination companies in Wisconsin.
- Obtained a published Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinion which reversed a trial verdict and imposed theft-by-contractor liability under Wisconsin’s theft-by-contractor and civil penalties statutes.
- Won judgment on the pleadings dismissing an alleged multi-million dollar commission claim by a business broker, regarding a potential sale of a large manufacturing business with over $20 million in annual revenue.
- Obtained a preliminary (temporary) injunction in Wisconsin Circuit Court to halt an attempted board and management takeover of a medical technology company.
- Defeated a motion to dismiss and seal the record of a noncompete and commercial lawsuit in Wisconsin Circuit Court pending arbitration in accordance with the Federal Arbitration Act.
- Excluded on Daubert grounds the damages-accounting expert proffered by the opposing party in a multi-million automotive industry dispute pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
- Won a jury trial which awarded a client the full amount of damages regarding loan and unjust enrichment issues in Wisconsin Circuit Court.
- Successfully stayed a commercial lawsuit to enforce a commercial subordination agreement from a multi-million-dollar business purchase transaction in Minnesota state court, in favor of his client’s ongoing litigation of related claims regarding the transaction in Wisconsin.
- Dissolved a previously issued injunction and won a complete dismissal of noncompetition and confidential information claims brought by a technology buy-back company under Wisconsin’s unique restrictive covenant statutes.
- Won a motion to dismiss professional negligence claims against a local architectural firm in a commercial lawsuit alleging approximately $5 million in damages.
- Won a dismissal of noncompete, trade secrets, and related competition claims brought by an insurance and financial services corporation against a former employee under Wisconsin’s restrictive covenant statute and related competition law, preserving a new business enterprise’s survival and ability to compete in the industry.
- Won partial summary judgment dismissing two Title VII retaliation claims filed against a local manufacturer by a former employee.
Mike’s current matters include representing a client in a commercial international arbitration seeking approximately $10 million in damages arising from a breached sales representative agreement in Asia, defending a Title VII federal summary judgment ruling SBR won for a local manufacturer in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, defending a local manufacturer in a federal FLSA class action lawsuit for alleged unpaid overtime, and prosecuting an arbitration to invalidate post-employment restrictive covenants imposed by a multi-state employer in employment and compensation incentive agreements with a former representative.
Mike’s recent successes and representations follow on his more than twenty-year track record of litigation successes in complex commercial, competitive, and employment litigation for clients ranging from large corporations to individuals attempting to preserve their businesses and livelihoods, including:
- Winning a $12.6 million federal jury verdict in a commercial dispute on behalf of one of Wisconsin’s largest companies against a former sales agent and his company, and an affirmance by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals of the verdict.
- Defeating on summary judgment a more than $40 million claim alleging trade secret misappropriation and violation of a noncompete agreement relating to a client’s services to a Fortune 50 company.
- Defeating a $3.5 million trade secrets and confidentiality claim in a federal jury trial on behalf of a Wisconsin manufacturing company accused of copying a competitor’s manufacturing process.
- Defeating a federal court injunction request brought under the then-newly enacted federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and Wisconsin’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act in a lawsuit brought against a technological company by a competitor.
- Obtaining, as co-counsel in a trademark case, a temporary restraining order requiring a client’s competitor to cease sales and remove product from store shelves.
- Winning a high-profile jury verdict absolving a university from liability and damages relating to a claimed environmental impact on neighboring properties on Lake Michigan and over $1 million in damages.
- Serving as co-lead counsel in a seminal non-compete case decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which allows employers to give continued employment as consideration for the noncompete.
Mike has argued cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Mike has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2012-2023). He has lectured at seminars for the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Business Institute on commercial, noncompete, evidence, Daubert expert standards, and related litigation topics. He is also active in his community, having served as an assistant high school varsity baseball coach, a lawyer-mentor in Wauwatosa West High School’s nationally-competitive “We the People” constitutional law program, a member of his church’s governing council, and a Board member of the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa.
- Central College, 1996 (B.A., Criminal Justice, summa cum laude)
- Georgetown University Law School, 1999 (J.D., cum laude)
Admissions & Activities
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- State Bar of Michigan
- United States District Court, Eastern & Western Districts of Wisconsin, Eastern & Western Districts of Michigan, and numerous other federal courts.
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2023