Partner, Insurance Recovery Group & Co-Vice Chair of the Cannabis Law Team, Reed Smith LLP
Mike is a partner in Reed Smith LLP’s award-winning Insurance Recovery Group and co-Vice Chair of the firm’s multidisciplinary Cannabis Law Team. Mike also regularly represents diverse clients in a variety of other complex civil and commercial litigation.
Mike focuses his insurance-recovery practice on assisting policyholders across various industries address and resolve complicated insurance-coverage matters relating to commercial general liability policies, management liability coverages, and many other types of insurance, such as property, hull and marine liability, and pollution liability insurance. While Mike routinely counsels clients at various stages of a wide range of insurance-coverage matters, a significant portion of his practice is dedicated to litigating coverage claims against insurance companies and/or third-party claims administrators.
As a leading member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Team, Mike regularly advises U.S. and international cannabis-related businesses, as well as ancillary businesses servicing the U.S. cannabis industry. He frequently helps clients in the state-compliant medical and adult-use cannabis, as well as CBD, markets comply with U.S. federal law (in particular, the federal Controlled Substances Act), understand the potential for aiding-and-abetting liability, navigate the conflict between federal and state laws, adhere to applicable state regulations, and protect their contractual rights. Bridging his insurance-recovery and cannabis-law practices, Mike also routinely assists cannabis dispensaries and other cannabis-related businesses with various insurance-coverage and risk-management matters
Representing policyholders, as well as other clients, Mike regularly appears in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country. He was part of a team that obtained in 2017 what was understood to be, at least at that time, the largest bad-faith verdict against an insurance company in Pennsylvania ever. In addition to insurer bad-faith, Mike has successfully litigated insurance-coverage issues as diverse as trigger of coverage, other-insurance clauses, and application of the “employer’s liability” exclusion. He also has authored amicus briefs relied on by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court when issuing pro-policyholder opinions.