Michael focuses his practice on helping individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases and protecting railroad clients injured while on the job.

The son of a career electrician and family member to multiple railroad employees, Michael grew up understanding the life of the hardworking clients whom he passionately represents. When working on cases, he recognizes the products listed, acknowledging that they are products to which he, and his own family, have been exposed. Michael’s own background in construction, as well as his long lineage of railroad fireman who shoveled coal on steam engines, has armed him with an empathy and compassion to secure millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for those employees injured while on the job, from mesothelioma to a wrongful death.

Before joining Flint Cooper, Michael dedicated himself to advocating for those injured due to negligence. With a focus on representing railroad workers, Michael’s experience in Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) lawsuits sets him apart. To illustrate his vocation, he began his legal career by serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney in St. Clair County, Illinois, where he assumed the role of lead trial attorney in over 200 cases. In fact, his first case against a railroad, initiated over a decade ago during his tenure as a prosecutor, underscores his commitment to seeking justice for injured workers.

Throughout his career, Michael has handled high-profile cases that attracted national media attention, honing his ability to navigate complex and challenging litigation, particularly when facing large corporations. Michael was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in 2019 and named to National Trial Lawyers Illinois “Top 40 Under 40” list from 2015 to 2018.

  • S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • The John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctorate
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys