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Mike is a partner in the firm’s award-winning Insurance Recovery Group and co-Vice Chair of the firm’s multidisciplinary Cannabis Law Team. Mike also regularly represents diverse clients in a variety of other complex civil and commercial litigation.

Mike focuses his insurance-recovery practice on assisting policyholders across various industries address and resolve complicated insurance-coverage matters relating to commercial general liability policies, management liability coverages, and many other types of insurance, such as property, hull and marine liability, and pollution liability insurance.  While Mike routinely counsels clients at various stages of a wide range of insurance-coverage matters, a significant portion of his practice is dedicated to litigating coverage claims against insurance companies and/or third-party claims administrators.


  • 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

  • Pennsylvanie
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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

In the News

  • 16 December 2019 “Experts Consider The Future of Cannabis in Pennsylvania,” WESA’s The Confluence
  • 27 June 2019 “Champion of religious freedom Michael Sampson scores win for the Amish,” Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
  • 3 June 2019 “Deal Ends Amish Woman’s Stand Against Immigration Photo,” Law360
  • 29 May 2019 “Indiana Amish couple could set new religious freedom precedent with lawsuit settlement,” Indianapolis Star
  • 29 May 2019 “Indiana Amish Couple Settles Lawsuit Over Photos Their Faith Forbids,” Associated Press
  • 22 October 2018 “Amid Natural Disasters, Cannabis Companies Have Insurance Coverage Options,” Cannabis Business Times
  • 5 September 2018 “Amish couple sues 2 agencies over photos their faith forbids,” Associated Press
  • 5 September 2018 “Amish Couple Seeks to Nix Photo Requirement for Residency,” Law360
  • 29 May 2018 “Kilauea activity raises insurance coverage considerations for business,” Hawai’i Public Radio’s The Conversation
  • 9 January 2018 "DOJ's Reversal of Cannabis Protections Could Impact Private Business Contracts," Cannabis Business Times
  • 6 January 2018 "Attorney General Jeff Sessions' war on pot may become a war on small business," CNBC 
  • 4 December 2017 "Pa. Judge Defends $60M Award in Asbestos Coverage Fight," Law360 
  • 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
  • 4 October 2017 "Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Reed Smith," Law360 
  • 29 September 2017 "Insurer self-interest, ill-will not prerequisites in Pennsylvania bad faith claims: Court," Business Insurance
  • 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
  • 5 March 2008 “PG asks court to open hearings in Upper St. Clair case,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 29 February 2008 “Post-Gazette appeals closing of juvenile case,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 26 February 2008 “PG denied access to USC rape hearing,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 26 June 2007 "Charities work to resolve dispute over estate," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 28 October 2006 "Amish couple files suit over photo rule," Associated Press
  • 27 October 2006 "Amish couple suing U.S. over photo rule," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette