Michael L. Cannon has dedicated his career to representing and helping people who are not capable of helping themselves. He joined Becker Law in 2011 and has represented hundreds of clients who have been injured in automobile, motorcycle and trucking accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites. Michael is also one of the few attorneys in the Louisville area who is fluent in Spanish, which helps to build trust and confidence with Hispanic clients so he can successfully navigate through the complex U.S. legal system.
As a 2011 graduate of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Michael worked full-time during the day to support his family while attending classes full-time at night. Michael has transferred that dedication and hard work to his clients, allowing him to provide the best possible results and maximum recovery. In fact, in less than a decade, Michael has received settlements for his clients totaling nearly $10 million dollars. For example, Michael recently received a settlement for just under a million dollars on behalf of a man who suffered life changing injuries from an automobile accident.
Michael is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Indiana. When he’s not helping clients, the Grayson county native likes spending time hiking and watching movies with his wife and son.
But the decision to pursue the law didn’t happen for Cannon until he watched his wife, an immigrant, go through the process of obtaining a visa—one that he describes as difficult and frustrating, even with the help of an attorney. “It’s what sparked my interest,” says Cannon. “I just felt like there must be a lot of people in similar situations who hit a brick wall with the legal process. I felt like becoming a lawyer would allow me to help people through difficult situations.”
For Cannon, the plaintiffs’ practice was a bit of a no-brainer. For one, his dad handled personal injury cases, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits cases. “I always had some exposure to that side of the law and a point of view from the plaintiffs’ side,” he says. Cannon also clerked at a Louisville plaintiffs’ firm for three years during law school – something that really solidified his interest in the practice. “I learned a lot and realized I’d be a good advocate for people,” he says. “It made me want to stay in this line of work.”
Today, Cannon litigates cases on behalf of everyday people who have been injured through no fault of their own, either in motor vehicle accidents, in slips and falls, or by defective and dangerous products. “The injuries my clients sustain compromise their lives,” he says. “They might not be able to work and the injury might be debilitating. It’s very satisfying to be able to help someone who might not have been otherwise able to deal with the situation that they’ve been thrown into.” For Cannon’s clients, that means battling large corporations and insurance companies that oftentimes have unlimited resources. “We try to bring about something positive for our clients,” he says. “We are their guides through what is oftentimes a difficult process.”
Before joining the Becker Law Office, Cannon, who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Louisville, worked at Becker Law Office handling cases as they came through the door, either favorably settling them or preparing them for litigation. For Cannon, his new role—he moved over in March of 2013—offers the opportunity to build off the skills he honed doing pre-litigation work. “Working on both sides of the case makes me a better lawyer,” he says. “It’s about being efficient and making sure everything is taken care of from day one.”