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Michael is a business litigator who assists clients of all sizes with their legal disputes. In addition to assisting with general commercial disputes, Michael focuses his practice on tort and insurance defense, helping businesses with their general liability insurance defense needs, including litigating cases involving personal injury defense, premises liability, business tort defense, bad faith defense, and professional liability defense. Representative matters include multiple premises liability disputes, property destruction disputes, and personal injury matters. As part of his tort defense work, Michael became involved in privacy investigations several years ago, and as a result, also assists clients with their privacy compliance needs.

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Bar Membership


Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars®, 2015

CIPP/US Certification by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) College of Informatics – Dean’s Advisory Board (2019-present)

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Member (2011-present)

Salmon P. Chase American Inns of Court, Barrister (2016-present)

Ohio State Bar Association (2005-present)

Kentucky Bar Association (2006-present)

Cincinnati International Association of Privacy Professionals Cincinnati KnowledgeNet Chapter, Co-Chair (2016-2018)

American Bar Association’s TIPS Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Committee, Vice Chair (2017-present)

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass – Board of Directors (2007-)

Friends of the Rose Garden Mission – Board of Directors (2018-)


Michael was invited to speak at the following event:

Kentucky Legal Marketing Association’s Corporate Counsel Panel Event (Explored trends in information governance, data privacy, and cybersecurity).  Serving on the panel with member Michael E. Nitardy were in-house counsel from Fifth Third Bank and Children’s Hospital (September 21, 2018).

Major Publications

Michael is an author of the following publications:

Protecting People from the Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Devices,” co-authored with Joseph Dehner. Published by Bringing Together the World’s Lawyers (August, 2019).

The Brief (by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and insurance Practice Section): Fraud Involving a Computer is Not Automatically “Computer Fraud.” (Vol. 46, Summer 2017)

NoteMoran, Kentucky Ass’n of Health Plans, and Davila: The (R)evolution of ERISA Preemption, 18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 139 (2005).

NoteDoes ERISA Impose on HMOs a Duty to Disclose Physician Incentive Contracts; An Examination of Circuit Splits, 31 N. Ky. L. Rev. 59 (2004).