Michael joined Elk & Elk in 2006. He has been involved in plaintiff’s personal injury litigation for more than 11 years. Prior to joining Elk & Elk in April, 2006, Michael was a partner with a prestigious personal injury firm in Cleveland, Ohio.
Michael has been lead counsel in several trials throughout the state of Ohio. His practice includes representing people who have been injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle crashes, animal attacks, dangerous workplaces, and hazardous conditions on others’ property. He is very proud of his hard work and success in securing compensation for his clients. In 2009, Michael won the largest reported automobile accident injury verdict in Franklin County.
While in college, Michael interned in Washington D.C. for a prominent member of the Senate. He was also the executive editor of the law review while obtaining his law degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
In his spare time, Michael is an avid skier and golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.
Settlements and Verdicts:
$1.75 Million – Motor vehicle accident results in multiple injuries (March 2008)
Client was a passenger in a vehicle when it was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. The impact forced our Client's car across the center line where it was then broadsided by another vehicle. Plaintiff suffered severe facial, jaw, shoulder and pelvic injuries.
$323,000 – Motor vehicle accident results in multiple injuries (May 2010)
Defendant’s flatbed truck went left of center and hit Plaintiff. Plaintiff sustained lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar disc displacement, right wrist fracture and a triangular fibrocartilaginous complex tear, which required surgery.
$315,000 – Motor vehicle accident results in dislocated hip, fractured face (October 2009)
Defendant failed to yield at a left turn. Plaintiff suffered a dislocated hip, facial fracture and a dislocated jaw.
$250,000 – Motor vehicle accident results in internal bleeding (December 2010)
Plaintiff was a passenger in the Defendant’s vehicle that lost control and struck a median. Plaintiff suffered multiple fractures, bruising and contusions and internal bleeding.
$200,000 – Dog attack results in lacerations, puncture wounds (July 2009)
The three-year-old Plaintiff was with her father visiting a friend. The Defendant’s dog was on a leash but continued to growl, leading to the eventual attack of our Client. The Plaintiff’s left cheek was gouged, resulting in 30 stitches. She also sustained facial lacerations, puncture wounds, minor nerve damage and a five centimeter jagged scar.
$160,000 – Motorcycle accident results in fractures, road rash, facial injuries, lost wages (July 2011)
The Plaintiff was riding his motorcycle when a dog ran out in front of him. Plaintiff suffered a broken right ulna, right ankle injury, road rash, nasal injury and chin injury. He also had to see an orthopedic surgeon and missed time from work as a result of his injuries.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Ohio, 1995
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1995
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
- J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) - 1995
- Law Review: Cleveland State Law Review, Executive Editor, 1994 - 1995
- Hobart College
- B.A. - 1990
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ - 4.4/5.0 BV/ Distinguished
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Cleveland Bar Association, Member
- Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Member
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member
- Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member