Michael enjoys a broad-based litigation practice, with an emphasis on business litigation and civil rights defense. He represents businesses in contract, tort, and corporate governance disputes. His experience includes, among other claims, advocating for business clients in a variety of commercial law and construction disputes.
In addition, Michael enjoys a substantial civil rights practice. He regularly defends constitutional officers, law enforcement, and local government officials in civil rights actions. He has represented state officials in civil claims involving search and seizure, use of force, correctional health care, conditions of confinement, freedom of speech, procedural due process, ballot access, election contests, and mandamus.
Michael also represents individuals with their litigation needs. He has experience handling lawsuits involving easements and land use, estates and trust disputes, and insurance coverage disputes. His experience includes the defense of individuals in civil rights actions involving defamation, insulting words, malicious prosecution, battery, assault, false imprisonment, and cyberbullying.
Michael handles cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He is admitted to practice in the Virginia state and federal district courts, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Michael earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude and served as Executive Editor of the Richmond Law Review. Prior to joining ThompsonMcMullan, he was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Michael C. Allen in the Circuit Court for the County of Chesterfield. During law school, Michael was a student clerk to the Hon. James R. Spencer in the Richmond Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and an legal intern for the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
- University of Richmond School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 2011, Order of the Coif
- Virginia Commonwealth University, BS, Business Economics, magna cum laude, 2008
- Selected to the Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars” Virginia List, Civil Litigation Defense category, 2014 – 2017
- Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Young Lawyer (Under 40) Law category, 2015 – 2017
On November 3, 2015
Chapter 11: Real Estate Law (co-author), 2015 edition . . .
Federal District Court Finds General Allegations of Fraud, Duress, and Overreaching Insufficient to Invalidate Contract Dispute Resolution Provisions
On July 10, 2014
Dispute resolution provisions, such as forum-selection clauses, arbitration clauses, and choice-of-law clauses, are commonly included in modern business and employment contracts. A recent opinion in Zaklit v . . .
On June 25, 2014
Yesterday the Court of Appeals of Virginia released its opinion in LifeCare Medical Transports, Inc. v. DMAS, a case involving a retraction of over $367,000. LifeCare Medical Transports . . .
Fourth Circuit Clarifies that Bankruptcy Proceedings Need Not Defeat Your Unperfected Mechanics Lien
On May 27, 2014
The statutory mechanics lien is a powerful tool for contractors and suppliers aggrieved by an owner or prime contractor who fails or refuses to pay. Before a mechanics lien may . . .
On April 8, 2014
We have previously discussed a line of Virginia case decisions holding that less-than-perfect compliance with the Department of Medical Assistance Services regulations does not always justify a retraction . . .
On November 18, 2013
As providers work tirelessly to furnish essential health care services to the elderly, disabled and infirm, they must navigate the DMAS Provider Agreement as well as labyrinthine federal and state . . .
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- President-Elect (2016 – 2017)
- Vice President (2015 – 2016)
- Treasurer (2014 – 2015)
- Secretary/Treasurer (2013 – 2014)
- Pro-Bono Committee
- VCU Business Alumni Society
- Student Engagement Committee Member (2013 – 2015)
- Ram-to-Ram Program, Volunteer/Committee Member (2015)
- VCU Guest Lecturer – INFO 323: Ethical, Social, & Legal Issues in Information Systems, 2014 – 2016
- St. Thomas More Law Society
- Board Member, 2015