Charlotte, North Carolina
Michel (Mike) C. Daisley has practiced law in the
Charlotte region throughout his entire 25-year legal career. Specializing in civil litigation, insurance claims and injury law, he has represented a wide diversity of clients from indigent families and community charities, to multi-billion dollar international corporations and small independent businesses. Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1955, Mike grew up in Greenville, and first arrived in North Carolina in 1974, as a freshman entering Davidson College . While at Davidson, he played on the junior varsity basketball team, and distinguished himself in the college's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy in 1978.
Following graduation, Mike worked on a gubernatorial campaign in South Carolina (Richard Riley, later Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration), and then with an Atlanta ad agency. He then returned to his alma mater as lead of corporate fund-raising as Davidson College 's Director of Corporate Programs.
In his mid-twenties, Mike left the administration at Davidson College , to follow his dream to study and practice law. After earning a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, he accepted a position with the Charlotte law firm of Erwin, Beddow & Reese, which merged one year later with one of North Carolina 's largest firms, Weinstein & Sturges. By the end of his first three years of practice, Mike had tried four civil trials to verdict, and argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court twice.
In 1993, Mike joined Royal Insurance in its national headquarters in Charlotte , as Chief Counsel to the company's Major Claims Unit. He returned to private practice, this time on the plaintiff's side, in 1995. He joined forces with Jamie Wells to form Wells & Daisley in 1997. The following year, the firm moved its offices to its present location in Charlotte 's historic Dilworth neighborhood, near the South End District.
Mike has been an active member in Charlotte 's political scene for decades. In 1996, he won the Democratic Primary for U.S. Congress, before losing to the Republican incumbent in the general election. He was a founding member of Charlotte's Uptown Democratic Forum, had a year-long stint as a guest columnist for the Charlotte Observer , and is a frequent guest as a legal and political analyst on Charlotte 's largest news-talk radio station, WBT 1100 . He currently serves as counsel to the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party.
Numerous professional and community organizations benefit from Mike's involvement and leadership. In addition to his memberships in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the American Bar Association , and American Association for Justice , Mike is immediate past president of the Mecklenburg Trial Lawyers Association (METLA), having spent 3 years as the head of that organization.
For more than twenty-five years, he has served the local chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Trustee. In that role, he helped organize the first The Great Gatsby Gala to raise funds for MS research and programs, an annual event that is now in its third decade. He currentlyalso serves on the bOard of Directors for The Choir School at St. Peter's (Episcopal), and the Board of Advisors for WDAV Classical Public Radio . Mike is an active parishioner at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte , where he serves as a Sunday School teacher, and graduated from the four-year Education For Ministry program for laypersons. He is an avid Davidson Basketball fan, and part-time Y-rat.
Mike has been married to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school teacher for 22 years. He and his wife have a teenage son.
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1985
Honors: University of North Carolina Mock Trial Team, 1984-1985
- Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, 1978
Honors: Director of Corporate Programs
Major: Public Policy
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Mecklenburg Trial Lawyers Association (METLA)
- Past Employment Positions:
- Erwin, Beddow & Reese
- Weinstein & Sturges
- Royal Insurance, Chief Counsel
- Pro Bono Activities:
- Board of Advisors, Dowd YMCA
- Active Parishioner, Christ Episcopal Church
- Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, Counsel
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Trustee
- The Choir School at St. Peter's (Episcopal), Board of Directors
- WDAV Classical Public Radio, Board of Advisors