Mike’s practice involves the representation of governmental entities, such as the Delaware River & Bay Authority and the Port of Wilmington, as well as representation of banks, trust companies, insurance companies and public utilities in commercial transactions and before regulatory authorities and state, county and local governments and in legislative and public policy matters before Delaware government as well.
For more than 25 years, Mike has also advised numerous entities, including Fortune 500 companies, on unclaimed property issues. He has represented various companies in connection with unclaimed property audits as well as voluntary compliance with unclaimed property laws. Mike has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2009-2017. He frequently speaks on unclaimed property issues and is coauthor of the recently revised Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolio, Unclaimed Property.
Mike is a member of a Legislative Task Force currently examining, and making recommendations concerning, Delaware’s Unclaimed Property program. Mike is also Co-Chair of the Uniform Laws Commission Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, legislation which forms the basis for the law of unclaimed property for over 40 states. He is a past-President of the Uniform State Laws Commission.
Mike has helped draft and enact numerous pieces of Delaware legislation including Delaware’s Bank Insurance Powers Act, Limited Liability Partnership Act, Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and Delaware’s “Technology Court” legislation granting the Delaware Court of Chancery jurisdiction over complex business disputes involving technology and, most recently, the Prevention and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act.
Active in Delaware politics for more than 30 years, Mike has advised, and raised funds for the campaigns of, Delaware Governors, Attorneys General and Insurance Commissioners as well as numerous members of the Delaware General Assembly and other Delaware elected officials. Among his many professional and community leadership activities, he has served on various committees and task forces involving judicial compensation and judicial resources and the administration of justice at the request of the Delaware Supreme Court. Mike also serves on the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Morris Nichols Executive Committee.