Bar Admissions: Minnesota; Wisconsin; Tribal Court of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community
Practice Groups: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Litigation, Environmental / Pollution, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury Defense, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort
Education: University of Minnesota Law School, 1979, JD cum laude; University of St. Thomas, 1976, BA, Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting
Memberships: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); Defense Research Institute (DRI); Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association; Minnesota State Bar Association
Mike Haag is a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office and Chair of the firm's Environmental group. With a business background and more than 30 years of litigation experience, Mike brings his clients extensive trial expertise covering a wide range of legal and factual issues.
Mike has extensive courtroom and appellate experience. He has first chaired over 100 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts, covering a wide range of legal claims including product liability, construction defects, and general tort liability. These included wrongful death and serious personal injury claims as well as significant property damages and economic losses.
Mike’s product liability experience includes representing manufacturers and sellers of firearms, trailers, recreational vehicles, gypsum concrete sub-flooring, agricultural and forestry equipment, mining production machinery, inflatable marine devices, electrical devices, and playground equipment.
Mike managed the firm’s nationwide emergency response group for a national pollution insurer’s high profile environmental losses. This work included coordinating cause and origin investigations, interacting with state and federal environmental and emergency response agencies, and advising on legal responsibility / subrogation potential. This work also includes evaluation and analysis of demolition, decontamination, remediation and reconstruction issues as well as CERCLA removal actions and RCRA closures. Mike is certified as a 29 CFR 1910.120(q) Hazardous Materials Technician (ProBoard).
He was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to its Committee on Evaluating Rules of Evidence in 1989. Teaching activities include Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes on trial practice and procedures as well as presentations to insurers on privilege and confidentiality issues.
He has been selected by his peers as a Leading American Attorney in the Leading American Attorney Network, and holds the highest possible Martindale Hubbell rating for the highest level of legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.* Mike is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).
IN THE NEWS
Foley & Mansfield to provide legal services Benefiting Native American Tribes through new Lockton N.A.T.I.V.E. program
Through the N.A.T.I.V.E. Program, Lockton also brings together Vernon Nelson, Esq. of Wilson Elser and Jana M. Simmons, Esq. of Foley & Mansfield, P.L.L.P. Combined, these national law firms have represented a variety of governmental and commercial insureds, in addition to practicing in the areas of tribal and federal Indian law and commercial gaming.
On July 22, 2008, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a Scott County jury verdict against a Foley & Mansfield client (BTI) in an eviction proceeding, which had been brought over BTI’s objection as a separate suit from a pending shareholder / corporate ownership lawsuit.
Sarah Roeder and Michael Haag of Foley & Mansfield's Minneapolis office will teach a course on "Mediation and Settlement 101: Know Your Options" for BATC.