- Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
- Business Litigation
- Class Action
- Consumer Financial Services
- Consumer Fraud Litigation
- Higher Education
- Franchise & Distribution
- Labor & Employment
- Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
|Contact Info||Telephone: 816.983.8311|
|University ||University of Utah, B.S., Political Science, 1992; Order of the Barrister; Order of the Coif|
|Law School||Drake University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1995; Drake Law Review|
|Admitted||1995, Missouri; 1995, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1996, Kansas; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1998, Texas; 2013, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2002, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1998, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas|
Professional Associations and Memberships
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
•Kansas Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•State Bar of Texas
A member of Husch Blackwell's Higher Education group, Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of complex litigation involving federal and state regulatory statutes, constitutional rights, complex contractual agreements, consumer fraud litigation, franchise and distribution litigation, and labor and employment litigation. He has obtained defense verdicts and judgments in trials in state and federal courts and has represented clients from a wide range of industries in complex litigation. Mike has represented clients in cases involving the False Claims Act, discrimination and other employment-related disputes, contract claims, constitutional challenges to state statutes, franchisee/franchisor disputes and property disputes.
Many of Mike's clients are private and public colleges and universities. Mike has represented these clients in disputes involving the False Claims Act, employment disputes, regulatory enforcement actions, claims from students, tenure issues, contract disputes and collective bargaining, among other issues. He has obtained defense verdicts and summary dismissals in federal and state courts in cases involving the False Claims Act, Title VII race and sex discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related state law causes of action.
Highlights of Mike's recent accomplishments include:
•Representing a proprietary college system in a claim alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act relating to student financial aid and obtaining summary dismissal of all claims.
•Representing a community college in claims brought by retired faculty members alleging age discrimination and breach of post-employment retirement agreements and negotiating a favorable settlement of these claims.
•Defended a school client in an action seeking to invalidate the sale of school property based on alleged violations of state statutory bid procedures and obtaining a judgment for the defense.
•Representing a publicly traded company in a civil rights and consumer-protection lawsuit filed by the state attorney general and obtaining a dismissal in client's favor.
Mike also has advised a wide range of clients regarding labor relations strategy, including union avoidance and defensive strategies during union organizing campaigns and union representation elections. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Department of Labor and negotiated substantially reduced penalties for violations of wage and hour laws.
In addition, he has represented clients in collective bargaining negotiations and acted as lead counsel in more than 100 labor arbitrations involving discipline and contract language issues, as well as representing clients in unfair labor practice proceedings and election challenges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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•Represented a proprietary college system in a claim alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act relating to student financial aid and obtained summary dismissal of all claims.
•Represented a community college in claims brought by retired faculty members alleging age discrimination and breach of post-employment retirement agreements and negotiated a favorable settlement of these claims.
•Obtained summary judgment in two FMLA/Workers' Compensation retaliation lawsuits against a client who had been targeted by a local plaintiff's law firm.
•Represented a publicly traded company in a civil rights and consumer-protection lawsuit filed by the state attorney general; obtained dismissal in client's favor.
•Represented a national automotive service company in a California class action lawsuit involving claimed violations of wage and hour provisions. Obtained a settlement that was favorable to client after taking the depositions of the class representatives.
•Represented a hedge fund manager in arbitration in Los Angeles. Won a significant victory, defeating a $25 million claim.
•Obtained a jury verdict for client, who was a franchisor, against a franchisee that attempted to open and operate a related competing business in an attempt to avoid the payment of franchise fees.
•Defended a school district client in an action seeking to invalidate the sale of school property based on alleged violations of statutory bid procedures.
•Obtained permanent injunctions enforcing the post-termination provisions of franchisee agreements. The case involved three separate franchisees that attempted to disregard the obligations of the franchise system and convert franchise locations to independently operated locations. Obtained an order from the court requiring the franchisees to turn over the operation of the franchise locations to the franchisor.
•Secured summary judgment in a case involving allegations of age and race discrimination in employment.
•Obtained defense verdict in a federal jury trial regarding claims of race discrimination in employment.
•Represented publicly traded company in a class-action antitrust lawsuit that was filed by employees; obtained dismissal in client's favor.
9.23.14 Managing the Employee Criminal Background Check Dilemma at Colleges and Universities
8.12.14 O'Bannon vs. NCAA: What Does It Mean for Most NCAA Institutions?
9.19.13 Reaching New Heights With Your Franchise System
Seminar Denver, CO
5.16.13 Reaching New Heights with Your Franchise System
Seminar Kansas City, MO
4.15.11 Issues in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO
4.23.10 Issues in Higher Education Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
4.17.09 Issues in Higher Education Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO
1.01.03 Recent Developments in Traditional Labor Law, National Employment Law Institute Materials
Recent Development in Public Education Law, 27 The Urban Lawyer 897
In The News
8.23.11 Husch Blackwell Obtains $9 Million Verdict for Kansas City, Missouri School District Against State of Missouri
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O’Bannon vs. NCAA: What Does It Mean for Most NCAA Institutions?
Ben Irwin,Michael E. Norton, August 18, 2014
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued its decision in a case that has been followed for several years and referenced as often on ESPN as on network and cable news programs: O’Bannon vs. NCAA.
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