Michael is a partner in the Litigation Group where he practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage and recovery matters for corporate and individual policy holders. In his practice, Mike assists clients with the assessment and pursuit of claims for recovery of insurance benefits in complex matters under various types of insurance policies, including general liability, property, director and officer liability, health and disability, and errors and omissions policies. Mike also advises corporate risk managers and other business executives regarding their insurance portfolios, and he represents insurance industry clients in administrative regulatory proceedings.

In addition to his insurance practice, Mike represents manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products in product liability, mass tort, and warranty claim disputes and litigation. Mike also represents financial services clients in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulatory proceedings.

Mike has tried cases on behalf of clients from various industries in state and federal courts, and successfully argued cases before the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court. He has also represented clients in complex mediation and arbitration, as well as administrative regulatory proceedings in the Connecticut Insurance Department, Connecticut Department of Banking, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).

Practice Areas

Education

  • Catholic University of America, J.D., 1992
    • Managing Editor, The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, 1991 – 1992
  • Providence College, B.S., 1989
    • Cum Laude
    • Past President, Hartford Region of the Providence College Alumni Association

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1994
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2013
  • United States Supreme Court, 2004

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2008 – Present)
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP
    • Partner (2004 - 2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Member - Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Torts and Insurance Committee, Intellectual Property Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Insurance Law Section, Chair; Member - Business Torts Committee, Intellectual Property Committee, Litigation Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute ("DRI"): Commercial Litigation Committee, Membership Chair; Member - Insurance Law Committee, Product Liability Committee
  • Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association
  • USLAW Business Litigation Practice Group, Chair; Member - Insurance Law, Product Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.

Special Honors

  • Named among “Greater Hartford’s Top Attorneys” for Business Litigation by Hartford Magazine, July 2012
  • Recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • State of Connecticut Insurance and Risk Management Board of Directors, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Diocese of Norwich Catholic Foundation Board of Directors, Norwich, Connecticut
  • Church of the Holy Family Finance Committee, Hebron, Connecticut
  • Hebron Youth Sports Coach

Lectureships

  • When the Feds Come Knockin', Who Has You Covered?, USLAW Conference, Chicago, September 2011
  • Getting Your Insurance Program to Work Together, USLAW Conference, Chicago, September 2011
  • Declaratory Judgments, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, June 2011
  • How to Get Your Substantial Insurance Claim Covered - USLAW Network Client Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 9, 2010
  • Business Interruption Insurance Claims: The Need to Restore the Insured's Business, Connecticut Bar Association Litigation and Insurance Law Section Meeting, January 2010
  • Is There Coverage: Insurance Coverage Principles for the Business Litigator, Connecticut Bar Association, Business Torts Committee, February 2009
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation, National Business Institute, August 2008
  • We've Just Been Sued for IP Infringement: Are We Covered - Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2008
  • Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Connecticut, National Business Institute, 2003