Mike received his B.A. degree with distinction from Stanford University in 1969 and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley in 1972. He was admitted to practice the same year before the California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Until 1979 he engaged in general civil and criminal litigation with court and jury trials. Since 1979 he has specialized in workers’ compensation and has extensive trial and appellate experience. Since 1985 he has been a Certified Specialist, Workers’ Compensation Law, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. He has been named a Northern California super lawyer, as well as one of Sacramento’s top attorneys in workers’ compensation law. He has lectured numerous times on various workers’ compensation subjects for professional groups.