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Michael attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Peoria, Illinois before graduating with a B.S. in political science from Bradley University in 1992. He played NCAA Division I soccer while at Bradley. In 1994, he graduated from Illinois State University with a M.S. in history. After teaching government, history and sociology at a college preparatory school from 1994-97, Michael headed to law school. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in May 2000. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in November 2000 and admitted to practice generally before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in January 2001.
Since joining the law firm, Michael has worked on a wide range of cases, including automobile, dram shop, subrogation, products liability, workers’ compensation, premise, criminal, traffic and toxic tort related cases. He has tried personal injury cases to verdict in Madison County, St. Clair County, Fayette County, Marion County and Jersey County in addition to a property damages case in Randolph County. Michael also tried a civil rights action to verdict in the Southern District of Illinois before U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon.
Michael is a member of Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi.