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Michael assists clients with complex litigation, high-stakes regulatory disputes and appellate proceedings.

He regularly advises business and education clients on constitutional, statutory and procedural issues, including the First Amendment, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the False Claims Act (FCA), class certification, federal jurisdiction, immunity and due process.

Michael has specific experience navigating challenging regulatory compliance matters and related litigation for colleges and universities, including Titles IV, VI and IX of the Higher Education Act, First Amendment free-speech protections for students and faculty, and student discipline. He has worked with both public and private institutions to achieve successful resolutions.

As a former federal appellate law clerk, Michael also maintains a robust appellate practice, counseling clients through all stages of appeals including briefing and oral argument. He has helped clients secure significant judgments in federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. Michael also drafts amicus briefs in important appellate cases, assisting organizations in having their voices heard on critical legal issues.

Before attending law school, Michael was an investment analyst at an asset-management firm that focused on investments in China. While there, he focused on evaluating the current operations and growth plans for numerous businesses. This experience provides him a unique perspective when advising on business and finance disputes. Michael has assisted businesses and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 public companies and major research institutions, defending their interests in contract disputes, trade-secret litigation and consumer disputes.




  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Award, 2018
  • Kansas Bar Association, 2018 Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate, 2015-2019
  • Education Law Association, August Steinhilber Award for Outstanding Brief in Education Law, 2017
  • Missouri Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2014-2018


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • with high honors
    • Texas Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Order of the Coif
    • Supreme Court Clinic, 2011-2012
    • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, national semifinalist team, 2011
    • Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition, champion, 2010
  • B.S., University of Kansas
    • with distinction
    • Business
    • Frank T. Stockton Award
    • KU School of Business, top senior finance student


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Committee
    • Federal Courts Advocates Section
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, 2015-2016


The Hon. Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2012-2013

  • Secured favorable verdict for the family of a deceased Marine veteran in a wrongful death action against the U.S. Veterans Administration.
  • Represented leading national insurance regulatory organization with regard to amicus briefing in the Supreme Court of the United States dealing with health insurers' claims for outstanding Risk Corridor payments under the Affordable Care Act.
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Community Leadership
  • Centurions Leadership Program, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2019
  • Kansas City Hospice, Young Ambassadors, 2016-2018; Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019
  • Operation Breakthrough, Leadership Council, 2012-present