Partner, Ciresi Conlin LLP
Mike, one of the country’s top trial lawyers, began his legal career in 1970. First hired as a clerk, Mike moved up through the firm’s ranks and is now a partner, served on the firm’s executive board for 25 years, and as chairman from 1995 to 2008. Mike represented the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota against the historic tobacco industry trial, which led to a $7 billion settlement. Active in the community, Mike also sits on the boards of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Public Radio International, Parent Aware for School Readiness, St. Thomas Academy, University of St. Thomas School of Law, as well as the board of trustees for the University of St. Thomas. He’s also board president and chairman of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Foundation for Children, which supports Minnesota children in education, advocacy and protection from abuse, while promoting equal opportunities. Mike attended the University of Minnesota Law School.