A litigator on Husch Blackwell's Energy & Natural Resources team, Mike handles litigation and regulatory matters for industry clients. A first-chair trial lawyer in his 20th year of practice, Mike has appeared in more than two dozen state and federal jurisdictions on behalf of clients.
His industry-related experience includes:
•Representing publicly traded ethanol producer in national litigation matters.
•Representing privately owned ethanol producer in financing and construction litigation.
•Representing privately owned ethanol producer in litigation involving commodities contracts for inputs and disputes involving ethanol marketing contracts.
•Defending litigation stemming from gas peaking unit shutdown because of turbine system failure.
•Representing natural gas producer in Iowa litigation challenging state tax refunds.
•Securing state regulatory approval for a $350 million wind energy project in Nebraska.
•Advising renewable energy clients regarding state and federal regulatory requirements.
With a strong background in commercial litigation, product liability and insurance coverage litigation, Mike routinely handles disputes in other industries.
Awards and Recognitions
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2010-2014
•The Best Lawyers In America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2015
•Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial Law, 2009-2014
•Great Plains Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2014
•Litigation Counsel of America, fellow, 2013-present
•Nebraska State Bar Foundation, fellow, 2011-present
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•National coordinating counsel for welding industry trade association in welding fume product liability claims.
•Won jury verdict for Texas-based Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) consulting firm, sued in Nebraska state court by subcontractor for damages in excess of $500,000 for breach of contract and promissory estoppel.
•Won jury verdict for an agribusiness client in seven-figure commercial dispute tried in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.
•Won summary judgment for insurer on coverage and bad faith claims filed in Nebraska state court.
•Obtained favorable result for organic beef packaging client in defense of unfair competition and breach of contract action seeking injunctive relief from U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota.
•Won jury verdict on behalf of supermarket chain sued in Nebraska state court by landlord seeking $16 million in commercial lease dispute.
•Won defense verdict in product liability lawsuit brought in Nebraska state court seeking more than $500,000 for damage to hotel roof.
•Won summary judgment in favor of an insurer on coverage and bad faith claims in U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.
•Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in negotiated settlements with Nebraska attorney general relating to product marketing and pricing issues.
•Recovered more than $9.5 million in assets on behalf of the State of Nebraska, Department of Insurance, in multiple actions filed in the liquidation of a Nebraska domiciled insurance company.
•Won defense verdict in Nebraska state court for trustee in a breach of fiduciary duty case seeking to recover more than $240,000.
•Won summary judgment in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, for animal pharmaceutical manufacturer sued by competitor alleging unfair trade practices seeking $12 million in damages and injunctive relief.
•Managed regulatory issues for Las Vegas casino operator relating to $777 million proposed project in Kansas.
5.15.12 Legal Updates for Financial Institutions
Seminar Omaha, NE
7.01.10 Fume Trial Win Underscores Need For Indemnification Agreements, Welding & Gases Today, Summer 2010
1.01.03 The Nebraska Lawyer, 2000-2003
1.01.93 Adding the First Amendment to the Fire: Cross Burning and Hate Crime Laws, Creighton Law Review
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8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven Lawyers of the Year
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5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction
10.15.13 Husch Blackwell Continues to Receive High Marks by Benchmark Litigation
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
9.09.13 In Nebraska and Texas, 13 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Financial Services ; Energy & Natural Resources
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
11.06.12 Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names Husch Blackwell a Highly Recommended Firm
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
6.12.12 Husch Blackwell Receives Top Rankings from Chambers and Partners
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