Mike has been with Hare Wynn since 1990 when he graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law as one of its most highly decorated students. Mike also attended the University of Alabama as an undergraduate, after which time he spent four years serving the country as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Hailing from Athens, Alabama, Mike is the first member of his family to become a lawyer. Over the course of his career, Mike has become known as one of the state’s leading experts in medical malpractice cases, trying or settling cases with recoveries totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. He has also successfully represented individuals, families, and small businesses in a wide variety of litigation ranging from catastrophic tractor-trailer collisions to commercial disputes.
Married to his high school sweetheart for more than 30 years, Michael and his wife have two beautiful daughters. He enjoys Alabama football and spending time at the lake.
To Mike, the most rewarding aspect about the practice of law is the ability to make a true difference in his clients’ lives. This spirit of helping others is evident in his involvement with a number of community organizations. He has served as a past chair of the board of management for the Downtown Birmingham YMCA, and is a past president of both the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and the Red Elephant Club of Birmingham. For over a decade, he served on the missions committee at his church, a role which has allowed him to travel to some of the most remote villages in West Africa.
As one of the most highly decorated students in the history of The University of Alabama School of Law, Mike’s accomplishments are legendary. He simultaneously served as a member of the Alabama Law Review, the National Trial Advocacy team, and the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board. He was selected for membership in the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society as well as the Order of Barristers and the Farrah Law Society. He was also a Hugo Black Scholar and earned admission to the Order of the Coif - an honor reserved for those who graduate in the top 10% percent of their class. In his final year of law school, Michael was awarded the Neal C. Newell Scholarship, gaining him introduction to the firm and ultimately, a position at Hare Wynn upon graduation.
As an alumnus, Mike served as president of the law school’s Order of the Coif chapter from 2004-2005 and, in the fall of 2014, completed a two-year term as chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society, the alumni association for the University of Alabama School of Law, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Law School Foundation.
- University of Alabama, B.A. 1983
- University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. 1990
Mike has served as lead counsel in a complex class action in which he represented hundreds of industrial customers in a breach of contract action - a case which resulted in an $18,000,000 settlement.
When the University of Alabama faced significant penalties from the NCAA in the mid-1990s, the school’s faculty athletics representative turned to the firm for help. After Mike and two Hare Wynn colleagues made presentations before the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee, many of the sanctions were overturned and the university was exonerated — the first successful appeal in NCAA history.
- Alabama, 1990
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Mike has been professionally active in local, state, and national organizations and has chaired a wide range of Bar committees. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008 and is a member of the Jefferson County Differential Case Management Committee. He has served on the board of directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation and is a past president. He also is a past president of the Alabama Association for Justice and is on the editorial board for the journal published by that association.
A sought-after speaker, Mike has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars across the state and around the southeast. He has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and currently serves as the immediate past president of the Alabama chapter.
His professional acknowledgements are many, including selection by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top litigation attorneys in Alabama and selection as an “Alabama Super Lawyer.” He has been ranked as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Alabama and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” He also has been given an AV rating - the highest attainable - by Martindale-Hubbell.
Attorney Ermert recently earned selection to the 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers® listing. He was chosen for his professional handling of medical malpractice cases and claims. For his impressive success with product liability and medical malpractice cases, Michael was chosen as an Alabama 2019 Benchmark State Litigation Stars award winner. In 2019, he was recognized as B-Metro Top Flight Attorney.
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