msampson@reedsmith.com

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Mike is a partner in the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group and his practice is focused on representing corporate policyholders in complicated coverage disputes with their insurers. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to litigating claims for coverage for alleged toxic-tort liabilities. In that regard, Mike has spent substantial time counseling clients and litigating about subjects as diverse as trigger of coverage, defense obligations, other-insurance clauses, insurer bad-faith claims-handling, and abstention. Mike also advises and represents clients with respect to many other issues relating to commercial general liability policies, management liability coverages, and other types of insurance.

In the News

  • 23 October 2017 "Natural disasters spotlight lack of insurance options for cannabis industry" The Cannibist
  • 18 October 2017 "Wildfires expose glaring risk in legal cannabis: lack of insurance" Green State
  • 29 September 2017 "Insurer self-interest, ill-will not prerequisites in Pennsylvania bad faith claims: Court" Business Insurance
  • 29 August 2017 "How Does Marijuana's Legalization in Pa. Impact Insurance Coverage?" The Legal Intelligencer 
  • 18 June 2017 "Insurance: Reed Smith; Legal and Litigation Departments of the Year" The Legal Intelligencer 
  • 16 June 2017 "Insurer To Pay MSA An Extra $2M In Fees In Asbestos Fight,” Law360
  • 18 May 2017 "MSA Wants $2M More In Fees In North River Asbestos Fight," Law360
  • 25 April 2017 "North River Can't Overturn $58M Damages In Asbestos Fight," Law360
  • 15 February 2017 "MSA awarded $46.9M in breach of contract suit," Pittsburgh Business Times
  • 15 February 2017 "MSA Awarded $47M in Punitives Over Insurer's Bad Faith," Law360
  • 15 April 2016 "Pom Ruling Controls Diet Drugs False Ad Claims: 9th Circ.," Law360
  • 4 November 2015 "Insurer Can't Invoke Employer Exclusion In Injury Spat," Law360
  • 11 June 2015 "Pa. Judge Stands By Asbestos Ruling Favoring Policyholders," Law360
  • 2 June 2015 "Justices Decline to Broadly Interpret Policy Terms," The Legal Intelligencer
  • 27 May 2015"Pa. Justices Narrow Employer Liability Exclusions," Law360
  • 11 November 2014 "As Ebola Threat Fades, Risks Remain," Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  • 27 October 2014 "Potential spread of Ebola virus raises insurance coverage concerns," Business Insurance
  • 27 January 2009 "Inmate charges prison guard with sexual attack, threats," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 27 January 2009 "Jury to decide whether prisoner was sexually assaulted," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 26 June 2007 "Charities work to resolve dispute over estate," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 28 October 2006 "Amish couple sue over photo rule," New Castle News
  • 28 October 2006 "Amish Canadian sues U.S. over photo requirement," CanWest News Service
  • 27 October 2006 "Amish couple suing U.S. over photo rule," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Credentials

  • University of Chicago Law School, 1999, J.D., with honors
  • University of Virginia, 1996, B.A., Government, with a minor in Religious Studies, with high distinction, Echols Scholar (honors program); Distinguished Majors Program in Government (Thesis: “From Synagogue to the Marble Temple: Judaism’s Effect on the Seven Jewish Supreme Court Justices’ Approaches to the Separation of Church and State and the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses”); Editor-in-Chief, The Cavalier Daily, the University's independent student newspaper

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

  • Cavalier Daily Alumni Association – Board of Directors, At-Large Member