Mike advises employers and businesses in matters relating to employee issues and problems, handbook and policy issues, discrimination and harassment concerns under Title VII, the ADA, ADEA and other federal and state laws, FMLA claims, wage and hour issues, civil-right claims, class actions, medical marijuana and weapons in the workplace, and other labor and employment issues arising under federal, state, and local laws. His minor in information technology is particularly helpful in understanding how technology systems impact employers and businesses. Additionally, his experience in different areas of law and from clerking for a judge and working on the plaintiffs side of employment law claims allows him to evaluate matters from all angles and provide valuable advice.
In addition to advising employers, he represents and litigates on behalf of employers and businesses when they face a charge of discrimination or lawsuit. Mike is a strong advocate for his clients and with his practical and competitive nature and view of providing effective and efficient representation to clients he has been able to achieve positive outcomes for his clients in the courtroom and through settlement, mediation, arbitration, and dispositive motions.
Mike is also an accomplished legal writer and speaker, and is involved in many different associations, including the Illinois State Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, Board of Directors of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Human Resources Council.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Administrative Law||Administrative Adjudications, Administrative Agency Practice, Administrative Hearings and Appeals, Administrative Litigation, Judicial Review|
|Civil Rights||Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, Personal Rights, Prisoners Rights, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights|
|Class Actions||Class Action Defense|
|Consumer Law||Consumer Class Actions, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Litigation, Consumer Protection, Consumer Rights, Fair Credit Reporting Act|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Contract Litigation|
|Employee Benefits||COBRA, Deferred Compensation, Disability Benefits, Employee Benefits Litigation, Employee Compensation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Employee Stock Ownership Trusts, Unemployment Compensation|
|Labor and Employment||Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Caregiver Discrimination, Child Labor Law, Civil Service, Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Leasing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Intentional Torts, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Class Actions, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Executive Employment Law, Executive Severance Contracts, Executive Transfers, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Employment Law, Harassment, Human Resources Law, International Employment Contracts, International Labor Law, Labor Antitrust, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations, Labor Strikes, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation, Agreements, Outsourcing, Personnel Policies, Personnel Training, Pregnancy Discrimination, Prevailing Wage Litigation, Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Public Sector Employment Law, Public Sector Labor Relations, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Security Clearances, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Union Contract Negotiations, Union Elections, Union Labor Law, Union Organization, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, WARN Act, Whistleblower Litigation, Workplace Violence, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination Defense|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, Trial Practice|
Partner | SmithAmundsen
2016 - 2016
Attorney | SmithAmundsen
2013 - 2016
B.A. in Economics and Speech Communication, minor in ITS | University of Illinois
1999 - 2003
J.D. | Northern Illinois University
2003 - 2006
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TYPICAL HOURLY RATE: $300
TYPICAL FIXED FEE: $3000
TYPICAL CONTINGENCY FEE: 33.33%
Saint Charles, Illinois, Kane County
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