Michael assists clients in cleaning up contaminated sites, and navigating regulatory and compliance challenges related to their environmental stewardship.
Michael’s practice focuses on contaminated site remediation and cost recovery under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) and its Massachusetts counterpart, the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act (Ch. 21E), where he advises private parties, groups of potentially responsible parties, and municipalities. Michael assists the B&D teams on the Portland Harbor and Berry’s Creek Superfund Sites, and counsels clients involved with recently listed and soon-to-be listed Superfund sites. His expertise also includes defending clients against government enforcement actions under state and federal environmental laws. In addition to his hazardous waste and contamination practice, Michael has experience in complex insurance coverage disputes and Massachusetts land use law.
Michael takes care to learn his clients’ industries, business goals, and obstacles. He strives to understand the unique challenges that every client faces – whether those are legal, technical, financial, or something else entirely. These efforts lead to positive, long-term results for his clients. Michael also maintains a commitment to pro bono service, assisting individual and non-profit clients in land conservation, housing, and immigration matters, and is currently developing an environmental mock trial program in partnership with Boston Public Schools. He makes himself available to meet with law students and recent graduates.
Prior to law school, Michael was a wildlife technician in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana and Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where he used radio telemetry to track the movement and habitat selection of ocean and coastal bird species, and bobwhite quail.
- University of New England (B.A., 2010)
- Political Science
- University of New England (B.S., 2010)
- Environmental Science
- Vermont Law School (J.D./M.E.L.P., magna cum laude, 2015)
- Vermont Law Review: Staff Editor, 2013 – 2014; Articles Editor, 2014 – 2015
- Moot Court Advisory Board: President, 2014 – 2015
- New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court - Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court - New Hampshire
- American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), Science and Technology Committee, Membership Vice Chair
- Boston Bar Association, Member
- New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
- Environmental Business Council of New England, Member
- Vermont Law School, Boston Regional Group, Executive Counsel
Honors & Awards
- Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2023)
- Note, Settling Environmental Disasters: Three Judicial Factors to Consider and Application to the Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill, 16 VT. J. ENVTL. L. 519 (2015).