Perkins v. Hastings, et al., 4:15 CV 310-BSM

Hawkins v. Roberts, et al., 4:15 CV 281-BSM

Spradling v. Simon, et al., 4:15 CV 238-JM

Ellison v. City of Little Rock, et al., 4:11 CV 752

Little Rock, Arkansas. On December 9, 2010, two off-duty City of Little Rock police officers, working security detail for an apartment complex, entered the home of 67-year-old Vietnam veteran, Eugene Ellison, with no constitutional or legal basis to do so. No crime had been committed or reported, and Mr. Ellison was bothering absolutely no one. Once inside, the off-duty officers initiated physical contact with Mr. Ellison and repeatedly struck him with their police batons and fists. Ultimately, after back-up had arrived and the struggle was long over, one of the off-duty officers inexplicably fired her gun at Mr. Ellison, killing him. Mike has filed suit in the Eastern District of Arkansas federal court alleging illegal, warrantless entry, excessive force and other constitutional violations against the City of Little Rock and these officers.

Nelson v. City of Chicago, 07 L 5062

Cook County, Illinois. Mike brought this case on behalf of a 14-year-old girl who was injured when a City-owned and controlled street lamp fell on top of her, pinning her to the ground. Mike’s hard work and tenacity eventually forced the City to admit that it was negligent as a matter of law and that, at the time of the injury, the City street lamp in question posed an unreasonable danger to the public. Thankfully, the young honor student did not require surgery. The jury returned a verdict forthe plaintiff for nearly $600,000 in damages after the case tried on damages only.

Hentz v. Eden Englewood Green, et al., 07 L 896.

Cook County, Illinois. In Hentz, Mike filed a multi-count wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a close-knit family whose son was killed when the minivan he was in with his mother was struck by a drunk driver. The driver, who entered the intersection at a high speed and disregarded a red light, was on company time and in a company vehicle when the collision occurred. After taking depositions – including that of the incarcerated drunk driver – Mike settled this case for the $1,000,000 policy.

Howard v. RLC


Jefferson County, Illinois. Mike secured a confidential six-figure settlement on behalf of family of drowned 14-year-old boy. A confidentiality agreement between the parties precludes further description of the facts.

Sheth v. Wunderlich, et al., 363 Ill.App.3d 252 (3rd Dist. 2006)(petition denied)

Will County, Illinois. Sheth was a medical credentialing case in which the plaintiff, a gastroenterologist, claimed he was suspended without due process and in violation of hospital bylaws. The matter was defended previously by another firm without success. After receiving the file and scrutinizing boxes upon boxes of bylaw minutes and materials, Mike filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of Provena St. Joseph Medical Center and certain physicians. In the motion, he argued that the plaintiff simply could not prove proximate causation. The court agreed and granted Mike’s motion. The plaintiff appealed the court’s decision to the Third District Appellate Court. The appellate court sided with Mike

Gist v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center/Mercy Hospital and Medical Center v. Baxter Healthcare, 00 L 14410.

Cook County, Illinois. This was a tragic neonatal injury case in which Mike filed suit as a third-party plaintiff and argued that a total parenteral nutrition (TPN) device used post-birth was defective and contributed to cause injuries to a newborn child. Baxter Healthcare vigorously fought the lawsuit, but when Mike persuaded the court to deny Baxter’s motion to compel, arguing Baxter’s requests exceeded the permissible scope of discovery, Baxter opted to settle. Through post-motion negotiations, Mike obtained $700,000 as a third-party plaintiff against Baxter on behalf of his client, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.