Overview

Mike helps clients resolve complex business disputes in a variety of forums nationwide. He is committed to understanding clients’ businesses and knowing their objectives, and is adept at defending and pursuing commercial litigation claims. Mike has substantial experience defending class actions, including matters arising under various consumer protection and data privacy laws. Real estate disputes — including those arising from purchase and sale transactions, leases, easements and operating agreements of all types — are also central to Mike’s practice.

Commercial and Class Action Litigation

Mike has helped clients achieve early resolution, win defense verdicts and recoveries, and negotiate settlements during commercial disputes. He has represented clients in issues ranging from consumer fraud laws and false advertising litigation to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other privacy issues.

Real Estate Disputes

Mike has extensive experience in real estate disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. He has advocated for clients on issues such as failed commercial property transactions, easement and operations agreements, and trespass and easement interference.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (research editor) (1989)

Brown University
M.A. (1984)

University of Minnesota
B.A. summa cum laude (1983)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • A Primer on Cyberattacks and the Emerging Legal Landscape
    NLGLA Conference, Chicago, 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Mike leads the firm's pro bono practice in support of civil rights for LGBT persons, including through partnership with prominent organizations such as Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Civic Activities

Mike serves as a Board and Executive Committee member of The Fund for Legal Aid, helping to raise funds supporting the work of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group — Mike serves on this advisory group, which oversees strategy and policies designed to implement the firm's diversity initiatives.
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Sponsorship Steering Group — Mike helps administer the firm's sponsorship funding of the social, cultural and legal nonprofit organizations which support our communities.
  • Faegre Baker Daniels' Diversity Committee (Chair, 2000-08) — During Mike's tenure as chair, Faegre Baker Daniels received numerous recognitions, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's coveted Thomas L. Sager Award, recognizing the firm for its commitment to improve the hiring, retention and promotion of women and minority attorneys.

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-17
  • University of Minnesota Law School — Honored among select alumni who have helped shape the rule of law, 2013
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorney of the Year Award, 2012
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation — Private Practice Lawyer Award, 2012
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Diversity in Business Award, 2012
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — John C. Benson Pro Bono Award, 2011
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