J. Michael McCague is a shareholder of Griffith, McCague & Happel, P.C. Mr. McCague has devoted his practice to representing the financial industry, surety bond companies and commercial landlords. In his work for the financial industry he has represented and defended banks, credit unions, insurance companies and non-profit lenders. More specifically, his work typically involves assisting lenders in dealing with problem commercial loans, whether workout or liquidation, both in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court or the Courts of Common Pleas. Mr. McCague actively litigates claims arising against financial institutions in connection with commercial loans.
In a distinct but somewhat related area of practice, he represents the surety bond industry in connection with matters arising out of payment bonds or performance bonds. That representation often involves pursuing affirmative claims against third parties and insurers as well as the pursuit of indemnity (collection) action against the principal whose default led to the claims against the surety bond.
Finally, Mr. McCague represents commercial landlords in connection with problem tenants from whom money or surrender of the leased premises (or both) is required.
Mr. McCague was admitted to the bar in the State of Ohio in 1982. He was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in 1984. Thereafter, in 1985, Mr. McCague was admitted to the bars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In 1987, Mr. McCague was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. McCague graduated from Edinboro University in 1978 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. Mr. McCague is admitted to the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Bar Association for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Bar Association for the State of Ohio and American Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Bar Associations.