Michael grew up north of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Lawrence University
in Appleton, Wisconson in 1989 and a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law
School in Chicago in 1995. From 1995 through 1998 Michael practiced construction
litigation law in Seattle, Washington as an associate with Barokas & Martin.
In 1998 Michael moved to Hood River and joined Jaques, Sharp & Sherrerd as
an associate. In 2000 he became a partner. Michael is licensed to practice law
in Oregon State Court, Oregon Federal Court, Washington State Court, Western Washington
Federal District Court, and the United States Court of Claims. Michael's areas
of practice include family law, domestic violence, restraining orders, criminal
law, construction law, personal injury, wrongful death, landlord-tenant, construction
disputes, and general litigation.
Michael and his wife live in Hood River
with their two young sons and enjoy many of the outdoor activities the Gorge has
to offer, including windsurfing, kiteboarding, skiing, snowboarding, boat sailing,
mountain biking, hiking and camping. In addition, Michael coaches lacrosse at
the middle school level and competes in snowboarding events.