Water Law

Water law is Mike’s primary practice area, including landslides, floods, dams, drainage problems, riparian rights, sewage back-ups, wetlands, developments and storm water.

Mike is involved from the onset of water issues through completion of the negotiation and/or litigation process. Mike guides clients through the claims process with municipalities as well as handles sensitive communications between neighbors on opposite sides of many of these issues.

Mike’s focus is on proactive solutions, including using pre-litigation mediation to resolve issues without having to litigate. When crafting resolutions to problems, Mike encourages opposing parties and insurance companies to spend money on fixing the problem rather than going to court.

Mike represents plaintiffs, defendants, private owners, neighborhood groups, homeowners’ associations, municipalities, private and public corporations, and developers. Mike understands how to obtain fair coverage from insurance companies in water and landslide related matters. Pre-litigation negotiations are a specialty that has often led to quick resolutions of water law problems. However, if litigation is necessary, Mike is tough but fair and has been successful in both trial and appellate courts.

Mike understands the technical issues that underlie many water law issues. Well-versed in the language and literature of geology, hydrology, and civil engineering, Mike has long-established relationships with the top experts in these fields.
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