Mike Crooks is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, legal malpractice and other professional negligence claims, accounting malpractice, insurance defense and coverage issues, bad faith litigation, product liability work, premises liability, breach of contract, personal injury defense and third-party recovery. Mike is also an experienced mediator and is frequently called upon to resolve disputes.
Mike was named the Best Lawyers® Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison (2017 & 2021), the Best Lawyers® Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison (2020) and the Best Lawyers® Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison (2016 & 2018). He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Insurance (2007-2021), Medical Malpractice - Defendants (2014-2021), Personal Injury Litigation (2007-2021), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-2021) and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Law (2013-2021). In addition, he is recognized on the “Top 25: Madison Super Lawyers®” list (2011-2020), the "Top 50: Wisconsin Super Lawyers®" list (2009-2020) and is a Wisconsin Super Lawyers® honoree (2006-2020). He was awarded an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating possible.
Mike is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is recognized as a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Wisconsin Chapter (2015) and is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer (2004). He is the Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Wisconsin Chapter and previously served as President (2005-2006) and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel.
Mike is a frequent lecturer for many organizations including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Judicial College, the Wisconsin Defense Counsel and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, James E. Doyle Inn of Courts (former Treasurer), the Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).