Michael is a native of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree
from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Upon graduating, Michael
obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. He began his legal practice as a Deputy Public Defender at
the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office representing hundreds
of clients in serious felony matters ranging from Arson to Armed Robbery.
As a public defender, he gained extensive experience litigating complex
legal issues and conducting trials before judges and juries. He then left
the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office and started a boutique
litigation practice focusing on serious felony cases and civil rights
matters. It was there he tried numerous felony jury trials to verdict
on charges such Aggravated Assault, Robbery and Murder. In addition to
handling serious felonies, Michael was lead counsel on a Federal §1983
civil rights case that garnered national attention.
Michael is admitted to practice law in Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota (inactive)
and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.