Michael is an experienced attorney with a diverse practice background. He has worked in civil cases representing large national corporations and governmental entities, as well as various complex business transactions, ADR, and mediation. His cases dealt in areas of civil rights, employment, property, bankruptcy, and insurance defense in both state and federal courts.
Prior to his work in civil litigation, Michael served as a senior trial attorney for the state of New Mexico, prosecuting misdemeanor and felony crimes in numerous trials. He was also entrusted with the prosecution of all sex offenses, crimes against children, and domestic violence cases in his jurisdiction.
Michael also served as a United States Marine Corps officer in several capacities. As a senior prosecutor, he processed over one hundred misdemeanor and felony offenses. He assisted the Office of Military Commissions with the evaluation of highly sensitive information and evidence related to the prosecution of the 9/11 conspirators. He served as the manager and sole attorney of a legal assistance office that provided diverse legal services including family law, immigration, and taxes to hundreds of service members and their families. He was a member of Regimental Combat Team 3 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he advised commanders, operating units, and allied units during continuous combat operations. Working with various government intelligence agencies, he developed a comprehensive procedure to expedite the transfer of detainees and intelligence assets. Michael also served as the international and operational law officer for the III Marine Expeditionary Force, providing legal guidance to the highest-level command staff of Marine forces in the Pacific on operational and international law issues.
Outside the office, Michael enjoys training in martial arts and engaging in outdoor activities. He is also an avid traveler and pursues adventures with his family, visiting 18 countries so far.
Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, Juris Doctor
- Domestic Violence Project, representing victims of domestic violence in court.
- Court Room Advocates Project, representing indigent clients in court.
- Leader Program for NY elementary school children
- Youth Justice Association, advocating for juveniles in the criminal justice system.
University of Texas at El Paso, TX, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
- Psi Chi National Honor Society
- Golden Key National Honor Society
- Indigent Defense Project, El Paso Public Defender’s Office
- Immigration Legal Aid Assistance
- Youth Leadership Conference
- Army, Reserve Officer Training Corps
- United States Marine Corps, Platoon Leaders Course
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- State of New Mexico
- District of Columbia