Mike Stinson is an associate in the trial group. His practice focuses primarily on general and complex commercial litigation, including disputes arising in arbitration forums and in bankruptcy court. Mike has litigated suits in the areas of:
Securities and banking
- Uniform Fiduciaries Act
- Issues relating to mortgage-backed securities
- Section 10b and Rule 10b5
- Intellectual property, including patent, copyright, and trademark
- Healthcare fraud, including a number of qui tam matters brought pursuant to the False Claims Act
- Real estate finance issues, including suits relating to wrongful foreclosure, HAMP preemption, and violations of state second mortgage laws
Mike has experience in all stages of litigation, with particular expertise in discovery-related issues. Mike has successfully compelled discovery (even where the information sought resides in a foreign country), and he is also versed in the nuance of expert-related discovery, having drafted numerous Daubert motions to exclude industry and damages experts.
In the past, Mike has utilized his training in statistical methods and theory to help his client navigate statistical extrapolation techniques in defending against a lawsuit in the healthcare industry.
Mike also takes pride in maintaining a healthy pro bono practice. Some of his pro bono successes include:
- A recent bench trial in which his client was awarded full damages and costs of litigation in a breach of contract dispute. The court's written order fully discredited the defendant's testimony and factual assertions, including a finding of fact that the defendant had likely created documents for the purpose of submitting false evidence.
- An award of summary judgment, including full damages, costs, and interest, for a client whose former roommate had fraudulently induced his client into providing a security deposit where none was required. Mike helped this client all the way through the collections process to ensure that the judgment was paid.
- A personal injury case in which Mike's client was denied insurance coverage relating to an automobile accident. Mike successfully represented the client on two fronts: (1) defending a negligence lawsuit through discovery and mediation phase; and (2) convincing the insurer that it owed coverage. Eventually the insurer agreed to provide a defense without a reservation of rights, and settled the case for less than the policy limit with the factual record Mike developed.
- An unauthorized practice of law case in which the defendant voluntarily refunded all payments received from Mike’s client after being served with the complaint.