Mike Dodson is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Section. He has experience in environmental, commercial, financial, employment, and insurance law and has litigated cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mike is known by his clients for being responsive to their needs and creative in finding solutions to fit a particular objective. A big-picture thinker, Mike’s out-of-the-box approach to litigating allows him to create a strategy on the front-end of a case that he sees through to execution. He has successfully handled all aspects of litigation, from pre-suit investigation and response to obtaining a full dismissal on summary judgment and bringing cases to judgment at trial. Mike also has extensive experience in handling arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.
Mike is committed to making Louisiana a better place. He is a member of The Pro Bono Project’s board of directors, a group which has as its mission ensuring equal access to justice for Louisiana’s most economically disadvantaged citizens. Mike is a member of, and assists with planning programming for, the Louisiana Council of the Urban Land Institute, an organization focused on highlighting and encouraging economic development throughout the state. He recently completed the Leadership Louisiana program, which is an initiative of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) that was established in 1989 to offer civic-minded citizens a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the state and the solutions to help move forward.
Mike also serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property Division Litigation and Ethics Group.
Mike received his law degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Alabama School of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the Alabama Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Following law school, and before entering private practice, Mike clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton, III of the Middle District of Alabama.
Before law school, Mike attended The University of Alabama, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Real-Estate Finance and minors in German, Spanish, and Economics. During his time at the university, Mike was inducted into the Jasons Men’s Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and was elected to serve as the Student Government Association Vice President for External Affairs.
Mike was named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2022 and 2023 “40 & Under List – South.” In 2024, he was recognized by Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch® in alternative dispute resolution, appellate practice, commercial litigation, construction law, insurance law, labor and employment law – management, litigation – construction, litigation – labor and employment, and litigation – real estate.
J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Alabama, 2013
- Articles Editor and Managing Board Member of the Alabama Law Review
- Order of the Coif
- B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, from University of Alabama, 2010
- Clerk to the Honorable W. Harold Albritton, III of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 2013-2014
Publications / Presentations
- Moderator, “Public Trust Doctrine: An Evolving Legal Theory for an Evolving Coastline,” State of the Coast Conference (June 2023)
- Moderator, “Arbitration: A True Alternative for Dispute Resolution? Practical Guidance for Real Estate Practitioners,” American Bar Association 35th Annual Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law (RPTE) National CLE Conference (May 2023)