An experienced litigator, Michael has tried numerous cases in both the State and Federal Courts in California as well as cases in Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In the field of international business litigation, his cases have required his participation in matters in Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia and Sweden.
Michael is actively involved in handling international business and transactional matters. In 1998 he organized the German-American Strategic Partnership, which has members throughout Germany, and has held conferences in Frankfurt, Berlin and Erfurt. Michael served as Vice Chairman of the German American Chamber of Commerce.
Michael has served as a consultant for several foreign government agencies, including the Berlin Economic Development Corporation; Berlin Senatzkanzli, Media Division; LEG Thüringen; Mitteldeutschemedienforderung; and the Hannover Economic Development Corporation.
In furtherance of international education, Michael serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Emerging Markets, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Michael has served on the Finance and Physical Development Committee of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa (Israel).
Michael's expertise in the fields of international business law and litigation and insurance law has led to numerous speaking engagements for regional, national and international organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association; Consulegis EEIG, conferences in Paris, Madrid, Dublin and Berlin; California State University–Fullerton, Center for the Study of Emerging Markets; National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, the American Insurance Association Conference on Fraud in the Insurance Industry, the Insurance Fraud Institute, the Eastern Claims Conference and as the keynote speaker of the Eastern Life Claims Conference.
Michael has authored several published articles, including: "A Plan for Oversight by Loss- Prevention Counsel as a Means for Reduction of Attorney Malpractice Claims — The Eleven Commandments of Avoiding Attorney Malpractice," and "Avoidance of Bad Faith — A Measure of Fairness." He has also co- authored articles on "Punitive Damage Avoidance in the Business of Insurance" and "Suicide and Life Insurance: When Doctor Meets Lawyer".
Michael’s biography is published in Marquis Publications Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Business & Finance, and Who’s Who in the West.
Michael’s life- long passion for mathematics and science led to awards (U. S. Navy Science Award in Mathematics, New York University Bronze Medal in Physics), study at the NASA Institute in Space Physics at Columbia University/Goddard Space Flight Center, and enhances his contributions to cases involving professional liability, products liability and environmental impact. He has an undergraduate degree in astrophysics.
Recognizing the long- term effects for the country’s health care system and the insurance industry, Michael organized a Conference on AIDS: Its Impact on Life and Health Insurance, held in New York.
An interest in athletics and in serving the community at large has involved Michael as a member of the Board of Directors for the Athletics Congress of the United States, and member of the Southern California Committee, Governmental Liaison Advisory Commission, and the Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Michael has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Athletics Congress of the United States.
Michael is an avid sailor, skier and tennis player—and when he finds time, can be found practicing on the piano.