Fresh out of Middlebury College, Michael’s first job was as a litigation paralegal at a reputable insurance defense firm in Boston, Massachusetts. His first task was typical for a paralegal: to review thousands of pages of medical records for a new personal injury case. Supervising lawyers had told him that there was “nothing unusual” in the reams of paper. After days of careful examination however Michael found a critical detail that was overlooked by everyone else and proved that the other party was largely at fault for the accident. As a result of his find, what was initially a seven-figure lawsuit was quickly settled for far less.
It is with this attention to detail and thoroughness that Michael handles his practice. While in law school Michael worked as a law clerk for the South Royalton Legal Clinic, advocating for abused children and disabled individuals. Where others would give up on a case, Michael was persistent. On graduation, one Vermont case manager commented that Michael’s efforts on behalf of one foster child had cleared a multiple year bureaucratic logjam that many others could not even begin to get around.
Out of law school Michael’s first position was at Kenlan Schwiebert in Rutland, Vermont where he handled matters ranging from personal injury defense in products liability cases, to construction defect cases, and complex environmental litigation in state and federal courts. Michael’s direct efforts with clients led to successful resolutions of cases, including a “global” resolution of a dispute that had boiled over into lawsuits in both district and environmental courts. Michael was not afraid to learn the intricacies of nuclear density gauges that are used in the paving industry, how a commercial bacon press operates, and the inner-operations of safety mechanisms on elevators. Individuals ranging from self-employed contractors to executives from multimillion dollar companies found Michael to be approachable and diligent.
In Utah since 2011, Michael has continued to work with individuals and businesses handling various matters. Be it a contractor accused of improperly building a single residence in Southern Utah, a national resort hotel chain facing premises liability claims, or defending numerous Utah companies from personal injury actions, Michael remains accessible to clients, thorough in his efforts on their behalf, and not afraid to collaborate with various stakeholders to resolve simple and complex legal problems.
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division
Utah State Bar Association, Litigation Section
Salt Lake County Bar
Rutland County Bar (2008-2011)
Recognized in Utah Business Magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite.” (Up and Coming)
Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine
Utah State Bar, Litigation Section Executive Board Member
Secretary, Utah State Bar Litigation Section, 2014-2015
Treasurer, Utah State Bar Litigation Section, 2015-2016
Chair Elect, Utah State Bar Litigation Section, 2016-2017
Utah State Bar President’s Award for Exceptional Service to the Legal Profession and the Community, Litigation Section Board, Michael A. Stahler as Treasurer, June 2016
Hamlet Homes Corp. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3616