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"This is a difficult process to navigate. My focus is always on the client and tailoring a legal strategy that gets the best possible result."

Michael G. Owen

Partner

Overview

Mike Owen represents plaintiffs in civil litigation and trials, focusing on catastrophic personal injury, maritime injury, products liability, and workers' compensation matters. He has achieved significant verdicts and settlements for his clients. Mike's legal approach focuses on leveraging his experience to determine the best legal strategies for each case. He is highly regarded by his clients and peers for his exceptional client service and results.

Mike has a wide array of experience handling matters through all stages of litigation, including trials before the state courts in Delaware, New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as hearings before the Industrial Accident Board. He is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mike has been selected by his peers as an arbitrator in personal injury matters and voted a top lawyer by Delaware Today since 2018. He was voted by his peers as a Best Lawyer in 2021 and 2022.

Professional Background

Before attending law school, Mike worked for Congressman Michael N. Castle (R-DE) as a constituent advocate. While in law school, Mike clerked for the State of Delaware Attorney General’s Office handling both criminal and civil matters. Following law school, Mike worked for an insurance defense law firm defending personal injury and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of an insurance company. This experience allows Mike to prepare his clients for insurance company defense tactics. Before joining Morris James, Mike worked for a personal injury firm located in Wilmington, Delaware representing injured persons.

Mike serves as the President of the Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers' Compensation Inn of Court. Mike is a member of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and is a past treasurer (2014-2018).

Professional Affiliations

Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court, President, Vice-President (2019 – 2020); Treasurer (2016 – 2018)
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer (2014 – 2018)
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2013 – 2021)
Delaware State Bar Association, Member (2010 – present)
American Bar Association, Member (2010 – present)
American Association for Justice, Member (2010 – present)

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated a settlement in a catastrophic maritime boating accident case for a total value of $1,100,000
  • Successfully negotiated a workers’ compensation commutation (global settlement) for $983,486.57 in benefits
  • Obtained policy limits of $400,000 in a scooter accident resulting in catastrophic injuries
  • Successfully negotiated a permanency and disfigurement claim of a severe arm injury for $650,000
  • Resolved a husband and wife motor vehicle accident with a combined settlement in excess of $800,000
  • Successfully negotiated a workers' compensation commutation (global settlement) for nearly $450,000
  • Successfully negotiated a workers' compensation and Medicare set-aside claim for nearly $450,000
  • Obtained an arbitration award of nearly $115,000 for motor vehicle accident injuries; insurance company offered $25,000 at mediation
  • Obtained jury verdict of $90,000 in motor vehicle accident case where liability was contested; pre-suit offer was $25,000
  • Successfully negotiated a permanency and disfigurement claim for $275,000; initial offer of $75,000
  • Successfully mediated a $72,000 settlement for a client injured in a motor vehicle accident; pre-suit offer of $4,190
  • Successfully negotiated a survivorship claim related to a motor vehicle accident for $250,000
  • Successfully resolved a personal injury case related to a motor vehicle accident in the amount of $284,000
  • Successfully negotiated a $200,000 settlement for an injured party in a motor vehicle accident; pre-suit offer was $30,000
  • Successfully negotiated settlement contested liability case related to a motor vehicle accident in the amount of $150,000, pre-suit offer $40,000
  • Obtained a $100,000 settlement in a personal injury case related to a minimal damage to vehicle claim

Publications

News & Events

News & Events

Community

Community

Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, Board of Trustees Member

Boys & Girls Clubs, Greater Wilmington, President

  • Board Member (2016 – present)
  • Mentor (2012-2018)
  • Youth of the Year Presiding Judge (2016)
  • Unit Board Task Force (2016)
  • Youth of the Year Judge (2015)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Mentor (2012 – 2017)

Ducks Unlimited - New Castle County, Committee Member (2013 – present)

Delaware Board of Canvassing (2012, 2014, 2016)

Recognition

Honors

Best Lawyers, 2022,2021

Delaware Today Top Lawyers, 2019 - Present, Personal Injury, 2018, Workers Compensation for Employee

T 302.651.3583
F 302.504.1839

Clerkships

State of Delaware, Department of Justice, Criminal Division, 2007

Admissions

Delaware, 2010
Pennsylvania, 2009
New Jersey, 2009

Education

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, JD, 2008
The Pennsylvania State University, BA Political Science, Minor Business Law, 2004

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