Empathy for client + skilled, aggressive, courageous team advocacy = the
only way to defend our clients
I took a very unconventional route to becoming a lawyer. I enjoyed a successful
career in business before I took the plunge and went to law school. My
prior experiences guide me daily on what it is like to be a person involved
in the legal experience. I understand how frustrated clients may become
when their lawyer fails to return a phone call because this has happened
to me. I have experienced the anxiety of testifying in front of a jury
because I have testified in the past. I know what it is like to have a
thousand questions that need to be answered because I have been the client
in an attorney meeting. I have enjoyed a unique life and this makes me
a better lawyer.
I became a criminal defense lawyer in 2009. I joined the Criminal Defense
Team on May 2, 2011. This date is important in my development as a successful
attorney because it is the date I started practicing law as a member of
a team. Other successful businesses I was a part of utilized a team approach
to managing the company. Very few law firms share ideas to benefit the
clients. Why would that be the case? Why wouldn’t all lawyers in
a “firm” want to help each other out through brainstorming
sessions? It boils down to economics. Most lawyers are simply trying to
maximize their own profits and because their “firm” does not
operate as a team, they have no incentive to help anyone else out. Rather
than maximizing profits, I love being a part of a team that strives to
results for our clients.
I also believe that our team approach of practicing law allows me to be
more courageous for our clients. I often see other lawyers succumb to
the pressures placed on them by zealous prosecutors. I love working with
other lawyers who believe that normal is not good enough for our clients.
We strive to get the best results. We embrace positions that other attorneys
outside of our firm will not embrace because it is usually the right thing
to do. It takes courage to fight when others will not. Our lawyers have
that courage and we encourage each other to be courageous and to not give
into the status quo. I’m proud of our successful record of fighting
for our clients.
One of the favorite parts of my job is learning about my clients and their
loved ones. What I do for our clients effects more than just the client.
Family, wives, husbands, parents, children, friends, co-workers, and neighbors’
lives can all be changed by what happens in the court room on any given
day. I take this responsibility extremely seriously and strive to always
remember that I am standing next to a real person, not just a case. I
often hear lawyers talking about “closing a case file.” These
lawyers are looking at it the wrong way. My job is not to close a case
file, my job is to help my client get past the current situation. This
may seem like a subtle difference, but it is the difference of viewing
the people who trust me with their freedom as human beings rather than
just a number.
1 of only 4 Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists in Indiana
Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense at the Trial and Appellate Level, Children in Need of
Education: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (B.S. 2003); Indiana University School
of Law – Indianapolis (J.D. 2008)
Continuing Education: Trial Lawyers College Graduate (July 2015); Indiana Public Defender Trial
Practice Institute Graduate (September 2012)
Bar Admission: Supreme Court of Indiana; United States District Court for the Southern
District of Indiana
Awards and Recognition: The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 (2016)
Bar Association Membership: Indiana State Bar Association; Johnson County Bar Association.
Professional: Michael J. Kyle, P.C. (2009 – 2011)
Mike has had great success at both the trial and appellate level. In fact,
he probably holds the record for the most years knocked off of a sentence
in the State of Indiana. After making his argument, the Court of Appeals
ultimately knocked off
105 years from the sentence of our client (State v. Corbally 5 N.E.3rd 463 (2014)). We are unaware of any other case in the history of Indiana
where more time has been cut off of a sentence by the Court of Appeals.
Mike and his wife Cathy are also both active in greyhound rescue. They
live with two greyhounds and often open up their home to greyhounds that
are recently “retired” from greyhound racing. He is also a
season ticket holder for the Indianapolis Indians and is an avid Pittsburg
Pirates and Steelers fan.