Mike Glisson has been practicing law since 1996, passing both the Illinois and Missouri bar exams. He was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, by his parents, with 4 older sisters, and an older brother. He realized at an early age, the importance of hard work and family, and carries this on in the raising of his own family. Michael and his wife Kimberly, a schoolteacher, have three boys and a daughter. He has litigated and tried numerous plaintiffs’ personal injury cases in the states of Illinois and Missouri, including those involving wrongful death, auto accidents, trip and falls, medical malpractice, workers compensation, and insurance disputes. During these years, he has successfully prosecuted countless multi-million dollar claims. He has also argued cases in front of the Illinois Appellate Courts, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and in 2007, before the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Glisson is actively involved in supporting and participating in community and charitable causes, including the following:
Community & Charitable Causes
- ALTON CRISIS FOOD CENTER – Current Board of Directors
- AMERICAN RED CROSS – Board of Directors of the Southwestern Illinois Chapter – Two Terms – 6 Years.
- BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS – Mentored a Little Brother from Age 8 to Adulthood.
- BETHALTO SCHOOLS MENTORING PROGRAM – Multiple Years
- GLEN ED FOOD PANTRY – Raised over 500 books for local children and families
- ALTON CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S HOME – Fundraising committee – 11 Straight Years.
- PRIDE BUCKET BRIGADE – Painted Homes for Elderly/Needy – Multiple Years
- YMCA YOUTH COACHING – Multiple Years, Soccer/Basketball.
JD, Valparaiso University School of Law, 1996
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
State of Illinois, 1996
State of Missouri, 1998
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
American Association for Justice (AAJ) - National Advocacy Voice of Trial Lawyers
- Completed AAJ Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course hosted at Harvard University
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
Alton-Wood River Bar Association (Past President)
FEATURED CASES AND MATTERS
- ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT CASE: Roberson v. Industrial Commission. Successfully represented an injured worker through appeals at work comp level, trial court level, appellate level, and ultimately arguing and winning before the Illinois Supreme Court. Established the standard for whether a semi driver is an employee or an independent contractor.
- INTERVIEWED BY NEW YORK TIMES: Wrongful Drowning Case, Article on Texting and Lifeguarding.
- SEMI ACCIDENT INVOLVING CELEBRITY: Semi was overturned on the Highway. Tour Bus of Amanda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) struck the semi at highway speeds, resulting in injury to Amanda Cosgrove and all parties and passengers.
- ST. LOUIS RAMS FOOTBALL PLAYER: Represented NFL Player, filed suit against his health insurance for failing to cover a necessary surgery, resolved favorably.
- NEGLIGENCE BY ST. LOUIS CARDINALS: Represented fan injured during a rain delay, painted flooring provided no grit/slip resistance.
- HIGHWAY COLLISION, WRONGFUL DEATH: Weidler v. Pacific Rail Services: Driver killed in head on collision on Highway I-55. Defendant driver employed by Railroad company fell asleep, but claimed he choked on coffee. Filed suit in St. Clair County, Illinois, for family of decedent. Resolved claim in excess of One Million Dollars.
- UNSAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Allen v. Great Western Timber, St. Charles County, Missouri: Plaintiff’s employer failed to provide proper equipment and training for use around a 22 inch chop saw. Plaintiff’s glove was pulled into chop saw, resulting in permanent loss of 4 fingers. Jury awarded $1.6 million, less comparative fault – $100,000 more than suggested to the jury.
- DRUNK DRIVER COLLISION, WRONGFUL DEATH: Hayes v. Barksdale, Len’s Towing: Pedestrian killed while standing next to a tow truck and struck by a drunk driver. Represented decedent’s 6 month old daughter against all liable parties in a claim in Madison County, and a related insurance dispute in Jersey County. On insurance dispute, Court held pedestrian was passenger of tow truck finding $1,000,000 of additional coverage applied to Plaintiff. Insurance appealed to 4th District, and during appeal, case was settled favorably against drunk driver, dramshop, towing company, and driver’s insurance.
- MOLESTATION: Green v. Carlinville School District: Filed suit for money damages for a woman who was molested by a school bus driver in 1991 when she was a kindergartener. Several children were molested. Plaintiff’s family did not desire that she go through litigation at that time. When she turned 18, she hired our firm to protect her rights. The trial court dismissed the case, finding the law had changed, and the school district was no longer liable. The Appellate Court in the 4th District overruled the trial court, finding the Defendant was liable. The case was favorably settled for the Plaintiff on a confidential basis.
- TRIP AND FALL: Mayden v. Muny and City of St. Louis: 70 year old Plaintiff tripped on a hidden guide wire at a Muny event in Forest Park. Suit was filed immediately in the City of St. Louis. Plaintiff underwent shoulder surgeries resulting in permanent impairment. Used a day in the life video to prove damages.
- HEAD ON COLLISION: Pieper v. Progressive Insurance: Plaintiff injured in head on collision when other driver crossed center line in heavy fog on two lane highway. Plaintiff had 2 surgeries to knee, and permanent injury. Progressive offered $150,000, and the offer was rejected. The case proceeded to binding arbitration, and the arbitration panel awarded $340,000 in Sangamon County, Illinois.
- DOG ATTACK: Minor Plaintiff v. Homeowner: 16 year old girl attacked by a dog resulting in permanent scars to her legs and hands. Plaintiff had $10,000 in medical bills. Settled case for $200,000.
- BAR FIGHT:Rae v. Dawg Haus Bar: Plaintiff tried to break up a fight at a bar. Plaintiff assaulted by intoxicated patron, resulting in a severed spleen. Suit filed against bar pursuant to Illinois Dramshop Act. Defendant made no offer prior to trial. Jury gave exact amount Plaintiff requested, $100,085.
- DELAYED 911 RESPONSE: Nicolet v. City of Alton: 70 year old fell at an apartment building, and 911 was called. Untrained police officer answered 911 call, and violated protocol in timely dispatch of Fire Rescue. Victim went into cardiac arrest while waiting and died. Plaintiff hired cardiologist, 911 dispatcher, and paramedic as expert witnesses. Defendant disputed delay, and argued decedent would have died even with timely care. Case settled confidentially prior to trial.
- NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION OF MINORS: Hewitt v. Piron: 11 year old kids playing with a gas can and beehive. Homeowner failed to secure gasoline and blow torch, and supervise kids. Gas can blew up, 3rd degree burns to 11 year old Plaintiff.
- NEGLIGENT SECURITY/SHOOTING: Customer of gas station was money out of ATM. Held up and shot in arm with shotgun. Gas station failed to provide security despite numerous prior incidents.
- WAL-MART CASES: Several pending injury cases against Wal-Mart – failure to maintain parking lot, failure to provide commercial floor mats, failure to maintain cart return, failure to timely inspect aisles and walkways.
- WRONGFUL DEATH/MOTORCYCLE HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER: Defendant consumed alcohol while working, left work intoxicated and pulled in front of motorcycle, tragically killing a husband and wife, survived by 3 adult children.
- WRONGFUL TASING: Police officer used excessive force and tased Plaintiff in St. Clair County, Illinois.
- MEDICAL NEGLECT: Plaintiff, age 40, hired medical car to take him to doctor. While under care of med car, wheelchair not secured, and Plaintiff fell backwards, striking his head on concrete causing a brain injury, and his death within weeks of the incident.
- MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: Physicians failed to diagnose cancer, resulting in 2 years of the advancement of cancer.