- Business Litigation
- Class Action
- Securities Litigation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 816.983.8120|
|University ||Central Methodist College, B.S., 1967; Order of Coif|
|Law School||University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1971; Missouri Law Review, Note and Comment Editor|
|Admitted||1971, Missouri; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1977, U.S. Supreme Court; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 2000, U.S. Tax Court; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit|
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•University of Missouri Law Society
As a member of Husch Blackwell's Financial Services team, Mike is an experienced litigator who represents corporations, officers and directors in federal and state courts throughout the nation, including numerous class action lawsuits. He puts substantial focus on shareholder litigation, including securities fraud, derivative actions and fiduciary duty claims against officers and directors of public and private companies. He consults with boards of directors regarding corporate governance and the fiduciary duties of directors.
Mike's accomplishments include:
•Defeating a $150 million claim in a federal lawsuit against his clients, the directors of a federally insured savings and loan.
Securing judgment for controlling shareholder in challenge to fairness of transaction involving sale of public company.
Advising directors of public energy company in securities fraud class action lawsuit.
Awards and Recognitions
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2011-2014
•Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002, 2008
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2013
Represented savings and loan directors and defeated claim of $150 million sought by federal regulators in jury trial.
•Won judgment for controlling shareholder in Delaware Chancery Court trial of challenge to fairness of transaction for sale of public company.
•Secured summary judgment in securities fraud class action case against directors of public energy company.
•Won summary judgment in class action lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty by individual retirement account (IRA) custodian.
•Represented board of directors in lawsuit seeking injunction of tender offer for public company.
•Secured dismissal of fiduciary duty claims against corporate director by bankruptcy trustee.
•Represented corporate taxpayer in appeal of adverse U.S. Tax Court judgment.
•Won summary judgment for bank director to obtain coverage under bank directors and officers policy.
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In The News
10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
10.15.13 Husch Blackwell Continues to Receive High Marks by Benchmark Litigation
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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
11.22.11 Husch Blackwell Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2012 in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska
10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
1.27.11 Husch Blackwell Successfully Defends Hotelier John Q. Hammons in Shareholder Litigation, Defeats $93 Million Damage Claim
10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
10.04.10 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Husch Blackwell as a Highly Recommended Firm
10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys
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