Michael is a trial attorney whose diverse practice currently includes personal injury, police misconduct, products liability, and insurance bad faith litigation. Michael joined Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP in 2020 after practicing in Los Angeles, California with the nationally recognized plaintiff’s firm, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack. Michael grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Northeast Ohio to raise his two children with his wife, Robyn, who is a native of Chagrin Falls.
Michael has a history of large recoveries on a wide variety of cases, such as police misconduct, insurance bad faith, construction defect, and traumatic brain injuries.
Some of Michael’s notable cases include the representation of an autistic teenager whose lawsuit alleged the insurance company breached its contract with him by denying him the therapy he needed to develop and learn. Michael recovered over $3 million in that case, after winning at California’s Second District Court of Appeal.
Michael has also recovered millions against law enforcement agencies that violated the Constitutional rights of his clients. In 2016, Michael recovered $2,500,000 against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for shooting his innocent, unarmed client in the leg and killing his best friend.
Despite always working to quickly and efficiently resolve his clients’ cases, Michael knows that sometimes a trial by jury is the only way to get justice. In 2019 and 2020, Michael stood up to the tobacco industry in Florida, representing families who lost loved ones due to the industry’s decades-long conspiracy to conceal the dangers of smoking from the American public, as part of Florida’s ongoing Engle class action litigation. Those three-week wrongful death trials provided invaluable courtroom experience.
For law school, Michael attended Loyola Law School - Los Angeles, where he was a member of the nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team. On the Byrne Team, Michael was a National Finalist in both the National Trial Competition in Texas, as well as the Tournament of Champions in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon graduation, Michael was recognized as Loyola Law School’s Robinson Trial Advocacy Scholar, and also received the ABOTA Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the American Board of Trial Advocacy.
Prior to law school, Michael was awarded a United States Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year living and working in Dresden, Germany. Michael received his undergraduate education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, studying German and chemistry and graduating with honors.