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Mike’s practice focuses on trying complex civil cases, criminal defense, and internal investigations. Mike is dedicated to solving his clients’ most difficult problems. He is also a trial lawyer at heart, having successfully tried ten cases to verdict in the last six years. Mike has tried - and won - cases in multiple state and federal courts on behalf of companies, business executives, elected officials, the State of West Virginia, and individual plaintiffs.

  

Before returning to private practice in 2012, Mike was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. As a federal prosecutor, Mike focused on white-collar and public corruption investigations. He also worked on the criminal investigation of the Upper Big Branch coal mining accident, which resulted in a $209 million corporate non-prosecution agreement – the largest resolution of a mining case in history. Previously, Mike served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. 

  

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Mike graduated from The Ohio State University and The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Following law school, Mike practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, focusing on labor and employment, white-collar criminal defense, and government contracts litigation.

   

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel in successful defense of Supreme Court Justice in first impeachment trial in West Virginia since 1875

  • Defense at trial of a CEO accused of criminal campaign finance violations and false statements – after a deadlocked jury, the federal government dropped the case

  • Lead trial counsel in a federal criminal tax prosecution of a coal operator – the jury acquitted our client of a 23-count indictment and the federal government was forced to return $10 million that had been seized from our client

  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the State of West Virginia in bringing antitrust claims against the asphalt paving industry

  • Representation of several employees of a publicly traded medical device manufacturer in a federal grand jury investigation

  • Representation of the Attorney General in enforcing generic drug pricing laws against pharmacies, resulting in multimillion recoveries for the State of West Virginia

   

Admissions

  • West Virginia

  • Virginia

  • Ohio

  • Kentucky

  • District of Columbia

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 

  

Professional Background

  • Partner, Bailey & Glasser LLP, Charleston, WV

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, D.C.