Mike Jones always knew he wanted to be a lawyer, and he began working for Martin Pringle as a runner the day he graduated from high school. He continued with the firm as a summer clerk while a law student at the University of Texas. Since graduating from law school in 1990, Mike has developed a thriving litigation practice, focusing on aviation law, products liability, and complex commercial litigation. Mike is active in DRI (formerly the Defense Research Institute) and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC). Mike sometimes jokes that when he was a baby, his parents left him in a basket at Martin Pringle’s door. Thankfully, his true history does not involve parental neglect or abusive child labor practices, but a lawyer of singular focus and dedication to his profession.
Mike represents Martin Pringle's aviation clients, including Textron Aviation Inc. and its predecessors, in product liability actions and a variety of commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. With a comprehensive understanding of aircraft systems and the court system, Mike successfully represents aviation businesses based both on the merits of the claims and on the statutory and procedural defenses available in a given case. Mike is particularly well-versed in the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) and has written articles and given presentations on that act. He also represents aviation clients on contractual matters, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Martin Pringle's aviation manufacturing clients call upon Mike’s broad-based aviation experience to help resolve day-to-day legal issues.
Mike is highly experienced in defending product liability actions, having participated in cases filed in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He represents aircraft manufacturers and servicers, aircraft-components manufacturers, manufacturers of recreational products, and industrial equipment manufacturers in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as property damage claims. Mike has served as the 2010 Program Chair for DRI's national Product Liability Conference.
Mike represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters. His experience includes contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty actions, non-competition and trade secrets employment litigation, construction and real estate disputes, and intellectual property litigation. He has prosecuted and defended claims for injunctive and other equitable relief, and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Mike has served as an arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial and personal injury cases.
Mike has extensive experience and a keen interest in computer and technology-related litigation, including intellectual property matters and system development disputes involving software, hardware and integrated systems. Being tech-savvy is key to many kinds of commercial and product cases, particularly when the subject matter in dispute involves technology, as it increasingly does.
Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, President, 2014 - 2015; DRI State Representative 2015 - 2017
DRI, Product Liability Committee Web Conference Chair, 2012 - 2014
Negotiated resolution of non-compete and trade secret claims that might otherwise have ended in an injunction that could have crippled a start-up company in a technical industry.
Convinced plaintiff in real estate lawsuit to dismiss all claims against realtor by focusing on risk of plaintiff having to pay for bringing baseless claims. No money paid to settle.
Successfully defended a trust from attacks by disinherited family members, including an attempted use of the esoteric and often misunderstood Rule Against Perpetuities.