When people ask how Mike got his start in personal injury, they aren’t expecting to hear that it’s because he witnessed a plaintiff die in the court of law. But that’s exactly what happened. Mike used to be the head of litigation at the largest firm in Stockton. Back then, he represented the insurance companies. Mike once took on a case where a sewage tank leaked into a house. The owner was unhappy because his insurance company would not pay for the damage, and his attorney went after all of the problems with the house in trial. Mike successfully proved that the other problems were not there, and the sewage malfunction was swept under the rug. When the judge announced that Mike had won the case, the plaintiff had a stress-induced heart attack. The jury attempted CPR, but he did not survive. Deep down, Mike knew that he shouldn’t have won the case. It was in that moment that he realized he was on the wrong side of the courtroom, and in 2002, he opened his own firm to help the victims of personal injury cases rather than their insurance providers.
The knowledge Mike gained from his past experience is invaluable in his practice today. Not only does Mike possess insider knowledge, he also goes up against large law firms and insurance companies without fear or hesitation. Mike has a reputation for being tough and tenacious in trial, and for this reason, he always prefers to open in court. However, many do not realize that he is a true bleeding heart. His son, Dustin, says he isn’t always aware of a case’s profitability, which is both a blessing and a curse. To see from Mike’s perspective, you have to understand his early adult life.
When Mike’s first child was born, he had been working as an x-ray technician for six years. He knew he wanted to provide a better life for his daughter than the one he currently had, and after he helped settle estate matters for a family member, he realized that he could do what the lawyers were doing. He then enrolled in law school, where he went to class during the day while simultaneously working full-time at night and raising a child. Mike knows what it’s like to struggle, and he has made it his life’s mission to represent the underdog, whether it’s a victim who has suffered an injury, a small business owner who is facing trial against a large organization, or an everyday citizen who has been taken advantage of by the legal system.
I work to empower the powerless.