Michael is a 2012, magna cum laude graduate of Mercer Law School. While in law school, Michael was a published member of the Mercer Law Review; placed third in the sixteen-state Southern Region of the International Trademark Association’s Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition; and wrote and co-organized Mercer’s Hugh Lawson Memorial 1L Moot Court Competition. In addition, Michael participated in Mercer’s Habeas Project clinic, offering free legal aid to inmates challenging their convictions in habeas corpus proceedings.
Michael now comes to the Minor, Bell & Neal litigation team with wide and varied experience in the Georgia court system. During law school, he interned for now-Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as Judges Tilman Self, III, and Edgar Ennis, Jr, of the Superior Court of Bibb County. After graduation, Michael clerked for the Superior Courts of the Macon Judicial Circuit, where he assisted Chief Judge S. Phillip Brown with the Court’s civil docket, reviewed adoption cases, and served as the resident habeas corpus expert under Judge Howard Simms.
In past employment, Michael has also worked as a licensed property and casualty insurance producer, an undercover food critic, and a bar and poker room operator.
Michael's Representative Cases:
Duvall v. State, 289 Ga. 540 (2011).
Fullwood v. State, 290 Ga. 335 (2012).
Hughes v. State, 291 Ga. 65 (2012).
Crack, Congress, and the Normalization of Federal Sentencing: Why 12,040 Federal Inmates Believe that Their Sentences Should Be Reduced, and Why They and Others Like Them May Be Right, 63 Mercer L. Rev. 1359 (2012).