Born in Parma, Ohio, Michael relocated to Middleburg Heights and graduated from Midpark High School. While attending high school, he pursued a career as a competitive figure skater. He represented the United States at the 1988 Junior World Championships in Brisbane, Australia and competed on the U.S. National Figure Skating Team for several years.
After high school, Michael lived in several states pursuing Olympic-level training in figure skating. While training, Michael attended several universities and received a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. Michael earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Michael began his legal career at Reminger & Reminger, one of the largest medical malpractice insurance defense firms in Ohio. Shortly after being elected partner, he was asked to join the General Counsel’s Office at the Cleveland Clinic. As Associate General Counsel in the Department of Litigation, he was responsible for assisting in the investigation of medical malpractice and risk management matters, as well as assisting the entire medical staff with outside legal requests from the local and national legal community.
Michael joined Plevin & Gallucci in 2007. His practice focuses primarily on complex medical malpractice matters in the areas of hospital and physician negligence along with nursing home malpractice and dental malpractice claims. He also assists in the pursuit of complex and catastrophic injury cases in other areas of the firm’s personal injury practice. He was named a 2012 Super Lawyer® in Ohio by Super Lawyers, a rating service that recognizes outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Michael is a frequent speaker on legal topics at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys. He has spoken to hundreds of medical malpractice lawyers at the Ohio Association for Justice about professionalism, ethics and the importance of an attorney’s reputation in pursuit of their client’s interests.
Most recently, he has focused on lobbying efforts in the Ohio Legislature on issues dealing with protecting the rights of injured Ohioans, access to the courtroom and retaining the rights of individuals to receive appropriate and fair compensation for their injuries. In recognition of his outstanding efforts before the Legislature, the Ohio Association for Justice awarded him the 2012 Distinguished Service Award. He continues to work with the Ohio Association for Justice Legislative Committee as the Chair of the Medical Malpractice Section and Patient Advocacy Taskforce, The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s working group on specialty medical tort courts. He also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Outside his legal practice, Michael’s focus is on family and community. He travels the region for soccer tournaments and is involved in the local arts community. He is committed to making his community a better place for his family and his clients.