Michael grew up in Southern California as the second of eight children. His father was an attorney, making Michael interested in a career in law and public policy since a young age. However, his passion for helping people on an individual level wouldn't ignite until his second year of college, when he took a break to serve a church mission in the Dominican Republic. After two eye-opening years in the DR, Michael was determined to find a career where he could help people improve their situation.
He returned home, earned his bachelor's degree, and taught English in Peru. After returning from Peru, Michael moved to Pittsburgh to study public policy and management. He was trained in economics, management theory, and computer modeling for public policy analysis. During his time there, he co-authored numerous articles on drug policy; he even spent a summer working for the NYPD. After graduation, Michael became an internal auditor for the City of San Diego. Eventually, he realized it was time to pursue his law ambitions once again.
Michael enrolled in Washington University in St. Louis, where he excelled at litigation. He won two awards for oral advocacy, became an Articles Editor for the Washington University Jurisprudence Review, and as a student, published a note on background checks for employment. He later interned for the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office, working on appeals involving challenges on constitutional grounds. He also worked in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, writing appellate responses to defendant petitions, clerked for a trial court, and worked for a small Utah law firm.
These diverse experiences helped prepare Michael for his dream career helping others: advocating for the injured and wronged as a personal injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin. Here, he has the opportunity to help people rebuild after something terrible has happened to them. Michael gives a voice to people who need help the most, even when they're facing difficult fights. For Michael, taking each case personally means he's always ready to fight for clients, no matter who or what company is on the other side.
Good lawyers are two things: well-versed in the law and an advocate for other people. Michael works tirelessly on both fronts.
- University of California, San Diego, B.A.
- Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, M.S.
- Washington University School of Law, J.D.
- Utah State Bar
In his free time, Michael enjoys local blues and barbecue, going back to his time in St. Louis. He spends time with his family, watching thrillers, exploring the outdoors, and listening to live music.