Overview

Mike leads the policyholder insurance recovery group at PFG. He is one of the most sought-after insurance coverage attorneys in the Northwest exclusively representing policyholders.

Mike has represented businesses and individuals in disputes with insurance companies for nearly twenty years, obtaining successful settlements and verdicts in a wide variety of insurance claims, including general liability, directors and officers, professional liability, property, employee dishonesty and fidelity bonds, and health and disability benefits. Mike also has extensive appellate experience. He has been selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers® in every year that designation has been available in Oregon.

Raised and educated in Oregon and Washington, Mike has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. This translates into an extensive knowledge of the community and a deep commitment to the success of Northwest businesses. Mike is committed to maintaining relationships with his clients in order to provide each client with superior service.

Representative Work

Umpqua Bank v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co., CIV. 10-6423-AA, 2011 WL 5563638 (D. Or. Nov. 14, 2011)

Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., CIV. 09-239-KI, 2010 WL 3894119 (D. Or. Sept. 30, 2010)

Triad Mechanical, Inc. v. Royal Surplus Lines Ins. Co., CIV. 07-740-HU, 2007 WL 2713842 (D. Or. Sept. 12, 2007)

Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Office of Professional Employees Intern. Union, Local No. 11, CIV. 05-221-KI, 2005 WL 1981291 (D. Or. Aug. 15, 2005)

Employers-Shopmens Local 516 Pension Trust v. Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. of America, CIV. 05-444-KI, 2005 WL 1653629 (D. Or. July 6, 2005)

Villanueva vs. Board of Psychologist Examiners, 179 Or. App. 134, 39 P.3d 238 (2002)

Villanueva vs. Board of Psychologist Examiners, 175 Or. App. 345, 27 P.3d 1100 (2001)

Potter v. Schlesser Co., Inc., 171 Or. App. 646, 17 P.3d 529 (2000)

Nelson v. Keisling, 155 Or. App. 388, 964 P.2d 284 (1998)

Nelson v. Keisling, 153 Or. App. 714, 960 P.2d 386 (1998)

Peppers v. Meyers, 325 Or. 611, 942 P.2d 273 (1997)

Vannatta v. Keisling, 324 Or. 514, 931 Or. 770 (1997)

Vannatta v. Keisling, 899 F. Supp. 488 (D. Or. 1995)

Gilliam County vs. Department of Environmental Quality, 319 Or. 251, 876 P.2d 749 (1994)

Representative Clients:

  •  State of Oregon
  •  Umpqua Bank
  •  Ash Grove Cement Company
  •  Gerding Edlen Development Co. LLC
  •  Marion County, Oregon
  •  City of Portland, Oregon
  •  Arbor Custom Homes
  •  Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  •  American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  •  Walsh Construction Co.
  •  Entek Manufacturing, Inc.
  •  Western Partitions, Inc.

Associations

Multnomah Bar Association

News & Publications

(Co-Chair and Speaker) Bad Faith Remedies and Stipulated Settlements: A Mock Negotiation (The Seminar Group 2018)

(Speaker) Misperceptions and Myths about Construction Insurance (The Seminar Group 2018)

(Co-Chair and Speaker) Insurance in the Construction Industry – Case Law and Regulatory Update (The Seminar Group 2017)

(Speaker) Oregon Construction Law – Insurance Considerations (The Seminar Group 2017)

(Speaker) Oregon Construction Law – At Least I’m Insured (I Think) (The Seminar Group 2016)

(Speaker) The Setup: How a Jurisdiction’s Insurance Bad Faith Law Affects the Resolution of Construction Defect Claims (West Coast Casualty 2016)

(Speaker) What Debtor-Creditor Lawyers Need to Know about Insurance Law (Oregon State Bar 2016)

(Speaker) Condominiums: Opportunities and Pitfalls – Insurance Considerations (The Seminar Group 2015)

(Speaker) Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers (HalfMoon Education 2015)

(Co-Chair and Speaker) A Primer on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Liability (The Seminar Group 2014)

(Speaker) Insurance Law Conference – Case Law and Regulatory Update (The Seminar Group 2014)

(Panelist) Can Coverage Be Resolved Prior to Mediation (MC Consultants 2013)

(Speaker) Insurance Issues Affecting Oregon & Washington Construction Disputes (Oregon State Bar 2013)

(Speaker) The Evolving World of Construction Defects, Insurance Coverage and Litigation (The Seminar Group 2013)

(Speaker) Insurance Coverage Issues of Significance (The Seminar Group 2013)

(Program Chair and Moderator) Insurance in the Construction Industry (The Seminar Group 2012)

(Speaker) Insurance Coverage in Construction Defect Litigation 101(Multnomah Bar Association 2011)

(Panelist) Issues With Funding of a Construction Defect Case — 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar (MC Consultants, Inc. 2011)

(Program Chair and Moderator) Insurance in the Construction Industry (The Seminar Group 2011)

(Speaker) Insurance Issues Affecting Construction Disputes — 2011 Oregon and Washington Construction Law: Comparison and Contrast (Oregon State Bar – Construction Law Section 2011)

(Panelist) Mediation and Arbitration — The Evolving World of Construction Defects (The Seminar Group 2011)

(Panelist) Pacific Northwest Coverage and Current Trends — 17th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference (MC Consultants, Inc. 2011)

(Speaker) Insurance Coverage Issues of Significance: Recent Coverage Developments — 16th Annual Oregon Construction Law (The Seminar Group 2011)

(Speaker) Insurance and the Construction Industry (Oregon State Bar – Construction Law Section 2011)

(Author) Insurance Law: The Basics, Chapter 4 “Actions By and Against Insurers” (Oregon State Bar 2011)

(Speaker) Insurance Coverage and Litigation — The Evolving World of Construction Defects (The Seminar Group 2010)

(Speaker) 16th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference (MC Consultants, Inc. 2010)

(Speaker) 15th Annual Oregon Construction Law (The Seminar Group 2010)

(Speaker) Insurance Coverage and Litigation — The Evolving World of Construction Defects (The Seminar Group 2009)

(Panelist) Top West Region Appellate Cases — 15th Annual West Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference (MC Consultants, Inc. 2009)

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America (2019)

Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Oregon (2018)

Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2006 – 2018)