Michael is an experienced trial and appeals lawyer who focuses on helping Texas and Louisiana energy clients facing disputes involving maritime, casualty, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and products liability law. He began his maritime practice over 20 years ago when he joined Liskow & Lewis’ Maritime Litigation practice group in New Orleans. In 2004, Michael moved to Texas to establish the firm’s Houston office and lead the firm’s Texas Maritime practice.
Michael has handled several multi-million dollar maritime property damage claims as both claimant and defendant, and he has defended numerous offshore death and serious personal injury cases involving the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), and state workers’ compensation statutes. Michael was extensively involved in handling issues arising under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Incident. He also counsels clients in business, construction, and labor and employment matters, representing them in litigation and through alternative dispute resolution.
His business litigation experience includes all types and sizes of disputes involving contracts, such as failure to pay claims, defense and indemnity obligations, and insurance coverage, and he has favorably resolved professional employment and non-competition disputes for labor and employment clients.