Michael “Mike” H. Schroder is a highly experienced Swift Currie partner with a passion for trying cases. He focuses his practice on insurance defense, including matters of defense litigation and insurance coverage disputes. A fifth generation Atlantan, he has served Swift Currie clients for the entire duration of his over four decade legal career.
Mike handles automobile defense for a multinational insurer, as well as coverage work for first- and third-party insurers, including a property insurer with multiple properties and apartment complexes throughout Georgia.
Mike integrates a conscientious and diligent approach to his practice, inspiring trusted relationships with clients, colleagues and the attorneys he mentors. He is deeply vested in the pursuit of his clients’ best interests and is always available to provide counsel and guidance on all matters. His motivation reflects the firm’s strongest and most transparent values, the ideals he embraced early in his career while working alongside the founding partners.
Mike handles matters throughout the Southeast and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of Georgia. He is consistently named a Georgia Super Lawyer, a ranking that designates him among the most prominent attorneys in his field.
Mike is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He participates as a speaker, a discussion leader and a panelist for litigation seminars on numerous subjects, and he served as the dean of the Litigation Management College at Emory University for more than 10 years.
- AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Georgia Super Lawyer (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012-present)
- American Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
- Georgia Fire Investigators Association, Inc.
- Old War Horse Lawyers Club
- State Bar of Georgia
- Mike won defense verdicts in four separate cases where homeowners were found responsible for setting fire to their properties. In two of the cases, the insurance company successfully obtained a verdict on its counterclaim for payments to the mortgagee.
- Leading a complex matter to a successful outcome, Mike represented an insurer who had settled a commercial fire claim in its suit against its agent, who had misrepresented facts on the application. The insurer prevailed in the case, resulting in the full reimbursement of the settlement to the insurer plus its attorneys’ fees and expenses.
- Returning a successful defense verdict on behalf of the insurer, Mike defended the insurer against the allegations of a homeowner who claimed that her home had been destroyed by mold and was uninhabitable. The defense verdict saved the insurer $3 million in claims.
- In three rear-end collision cases where liability was admitted, Mike was able to obtain defense verdicts by arguing the claimants were exaggerating their injuries.
University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1976)
Princeton University (A.B., 1972)