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Mike is a partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Estate Planning Department. The Estate Planning Department seamlessly coordinates and executes a wide array of legal services that cater to the unique needs of high net-worth clients, including: wealth preservation and transition planning, counsel on closely-held business activities, representation in family law matters, and tax counsel. While the Estate Planning Practice Group enjoys the resources and broad expertise that a large firm offers, Mike and the Estate Planning Practice Group focus their representation on individuals and their personal legal needs, rather than the typical corporate representation that is usually associated with a large law firm.

Within the Estate Planning Department, Mike concentrates his practice in a variety of personal representations, including the areas of matrimonial law and wealth transfer planning. Mike’s practice also includes an emphasis on the drafting of premarital agreements, to preserve and optimize the wealth transfer options of his clients and their families. Mike has represented many of the wealthiest individuals and families in Indiana, and from across the country, in capacities that range from the usual (divorce, wealth transfer, or tax counsel) to the novel (counseling clients in response to attempted blackmail schemes, clients targeted in criminal investigations, etc.). Mike’s clients include executives, professional athletes, civic leaders, as well as other high-profile and high net worth individuals.

Mike has also written extensively on - as well as litigated - various and complex legal subject matters, including business valuation issues, stock option divisions, beneficiary trust interests, premarital agreements, legal issues incident to the conclusion of same-sex relationships, and other topics at the fore of the modern personal law practice.

Mike has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on trends involving personal legal representation. His writings have been a frequent feature of continuing legal education seminars. Mike is the founder and editor of the Indiana Family Law Update, an electronic publication that provides over 170 attorneys and judges across Indiana with timely updates and analysis regarding developments in the Indiana appellate courts.

Also a member of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Litigation Department, Mike has served as a contributing editor on a handbook for Indiana Appellate Practice, and he gives regular counsel and representation to clients facing appeals.

Mike has been named a multi-year recipient of the Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star award after being nominated and selected by his attorney peers within the legal community. The "Rising Star" recognition is awarded to the top attorneys in Indiana under the age of 40, and no more than 2.5% of eligible lawyers are selected to the list.

Licensed to practice law in Florida, as well as Indiana, Mike also assists his clients with assorted Florida legal issues, including estate planning, probate, and transactional work for clients that own, or are affiliated with, Florida real estate or business interests.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Selected multiple years for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars. Recipients are nominated and selected by attorney peers within the legal community. The "Rising Star" recognition is awarded to the top attorneys in Indiana under the age of 40. No more than 2.5% of eligible lawyers are named to this list.
  • First place winner of the 2007 Harrison Legal Writing Award, presented by the Indiana State Bar Association for outstanding legal writing.

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Selected multiple years for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars. Recipients are nominated and selected by attorney peers within the legal community. The "Rising Star" recognition is awarded to the top attorneys in Indiana under the age of 40. No more than 2.5% of eligible lawyers are named to this list.
  • First place winner of the 2007 Harrison Legal Writing Award, presented by the Indiana State Bar Association for outstanding legal writing.

Media

Contributions & Published Works

Blog

Presentations

  • "Divorce 101: Drafting Settlement Agreements," April 20, 2011
  • "Impact of Divorce on Taxes, Pensions and QDROs," December 2, 2010
  • "Advanced Divorce: Business Valuations and Goodwill and Select Difficult Issues in the Marital Estate," November 20, 2010
  • "What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Divorce," November 3, 2010
  • "Diversity: The Missing Piece in Family Law," October 14, 2010
  • "Financial and Estate Planning for Divorcing Clients," August 13, 2010
  • "Divorce 101: Handling Your First Divorce Case," December 4, 2009
  • "Family Law Institute Tax Returns: Analyzing LLC, S-Corporations and Partnership Tax Returns," October 2009
  • "A Survey of the New Amendments to the Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines," September 15, 2009
  • "Tax Returns and Related Documents: Sample Discovery Requests," October 15, 2008
  • "Divorce 101: Property Related Clauses and for Decrees and Settlements Agreements," April 25, 2008
  • "Overview of Divorce-Related Issues Involving Highly Compensated Executives and Business Owners and Social Security Issues in Divorce," December 13, 2007
  • "Hot Property Topics: Stock Options, Remainder Interests, Property Issues for Non-Married Cohabitants, and Provisions Your Decree May Need!" January 26, 2007
  • “Property Division Issues Arising from Unmarried Cohabitation," Bench-Bar Conference, June 2006
  • “Indiana Law Regarding Business Valuation in the Context of Marriage Dissolution,” ICLEF, December 2005
  • “Family Law Issues Concerning Gays, Lesbians, and Their Children Under Indiana Law,” Third Annual Family Law Summer Institute, July 2005
  • "Business Valuation Accreditation Criteria," 2005

Services

Indiana University, Economics and Political Science, B.A., 1995
Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 1998

  • Indiana, 1998
    Florida, 2001
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