Michael has spent the last 30 years representing varied clients in commercial, civil, administrative, appellate and criminal litigation. He has represented judges, lawyers, prosecutors, state officials, defense contractors, electric utility companies, commercial real estate developers, hospitals, and public risk pools in civil, regulatory, and criminal investigations and cases. His civil practice consists of commercial and employment disputes, defense of regulatory and administrative investigations and claims, and tax abatement and land use matters.
Michael also maintains an active criminal practice. He has represented many clients during high profile federal and state investigations and prosecutions, including state and county officials, defense contractors, and other businesses and individuals. Michael successfully represented the former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court during a criminal investigation by the New Hampshire Department of Justice that led to the resignation of an Associate Justice and subsequently testified during the Senate impeachment trial.
After serving as a law clerk to a federal judge, Michael began his career as a trial attorney at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. In addition to heading the Homicide Unit, Michael served as Associate Attorney General for the Division of Public Protection, which includes the Criminal Justice Bureau, the Consumer Protection Bureau, and the Environmental Protection Bureau. Prior to joining Sheehan Phinney, Michael engaged in private practice for 20 years, including founding and running his own firm for the last eight years.
Michael has served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel accepting court appointments to represent indigent federal criminal defendants for more than a decade. He also serves on the United States District Court Advisory Committee.