As an athlete for 20 years, Mike learned the benefits of hard work, proper training and being prepared for the competition. Today, these traits help him achieve winning results for his clients.
A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Mike is a seasoned and respected trial attorney who has represented clients in all stages of contested legal disputes including depositions, discovery, hearings, trials, and appeals. He has litigated both civil and criminal matters throughout Georgia having appeared as lead trial counsel in 47 Georgia counties. Mike has been requested to serve as co-counsel with some of Atlanta's largest firms, and he has represented family members of some of the best-known attorneys in the country. Mike is especially proud of the fact that lawyers and judges have requested that he represent them in their own personal matters.
Courts have appointed Mike to serve as Special Assistant District Attorney, Special Master, and he has been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem for children and the elderly. Additionally, he has been rated confidentially and independently by other attorneys through the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating process as a Preeminent attorney having an exemplary reputation, a high professional standing and a well-established practice with a significant client base. He has received the highest rating through this same process regarding his ethical standards evidencing his adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence and other attributes relevant to the discharge of his professional responsibilities. In 2005, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission recommended Mike to then Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as being "Well Qualified" to be a Superior Court Judge in the state and in 2015 he began hosting the radio show "Ask the Lawyer" heard in numerous states.
As a result of extensive litigation experience in courts throughout the state of Georgia, Mike believes that resolution of legal conflict by alternative means is not only valuable to the parties involved but also crucial to the well-being of our legal system. Accordingly, he received mediation and arbitration training from internationally recognized alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) experts through Resolution Resources, Inc., and in 2008 he became certified as a Mediator and Arbitrator. Mike registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a certified neutral in 2009 and has successfully participated in over one thousand four hundred mediations and arbitrations.
Areas of Practice
- Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
- Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee
- Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 1987
Honors and Awards
- Recommended to former Georgia Governor Perdue as "Well Qualified" to be Superior Court Judge by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, 2005
- Avvo Clients' Choice Award, Family Law, 2014-2015