Summer 2019 Defense Comment 15 Past President Highlight FEATURING: Michael J. Brady, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley Erin McGahey, Sinunu Bruni LLP What have you been doing since the completion of your term as President of the ADC? I was President 27 years ago, so I’ve been doing a lot of things. I remained active with the firm until about eight years ago. I handled bad faith, appellate, and insurance coverage matters. I was also Chairman Michael J. Brady served as President of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada in 1992. He is currently Of Counsel to Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, where he has worked for 50 years. He has been a panelist for the ADC’sfamousYearinReview at the Annual Meeting since 1973 and author of the California Supreme Court and Appellate Cases summary published in the DefenseComment magazine for longer than he can remember. In addition to sharing his wealth of knowledge in insurance litigation and coverage, Mike has charmed and entertained members of the ADC at meetings with his friendly nature and piano playing abilities. of the Appellate Division of our firm. I have been doing ADR work since 2009 and continue with my work for the ADC. Another project I am proud of is my 12 years of pro bono work fighting against the statewide High-Speed Rail project. I have been working with another lawyer, Stuart “Stu” Flashman. We have a major lawsuit and it’s the principal lawsuit on file on the issue and a contributing factor to Governor Newsome’s decision to abandon the decision for high speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles and to make it a more local project for the Central Valley. And what’s the status of the case now? It’s still pending. We have an important legal issue currently up on appeal. The legislature hated the restrictions placed on it under the initiative passed by the voters, Prop 1A, so it passed a statute to wiggle out from under them, which we believe is illegal. We are challenging the validity and constitutionality of the statute (AB 1889) that was passed in the 2015-2016 legislative session. What are your interests outside the practice of law? Doing what my wife tells me (chuckles). I enjoy watching, and on occasion, playing golf. I also have seven grandchildren so I spend a lot of time with them. I like to read, especially history and politics. I am reading something from the Hoover Institution, a biography of Winston Churchill. I am a huge fan of Churchill, and I think he’s the greatest man of the 20th Century. Most people don’t realize he had to write to support himself. There’s a biography about his life in the 1930’s when he was 29-30 years old, The Wilderness Years, when he wasn’t very popular with his party, so he gardened, he wrote, he painted, and he did all sorts of things to earn an income. He even built a serpentine brick wall to keep out the French! When and why did you join the ADC? I joined Ropers in 1967. This was my first and only job out of law school and my firm Continued on page 16