Michael is a founding partner of the Firm and chairs the Litigation practice group and Security Alarm practice group, and co-chairs the Firm’s Business practice group and Construction Litigation group. For more than 20 years, Michael has represented businesses, individuals and insurers throughout the country in high-profile, complex commercial litigation matters, including business and contractual disputes; security/alarm litigation; general commercial liability and errors and omissions claims; construction litigation; corporate, partner, and shareholder disputes; and employment contract, restrictive covenants and trade secret matters. Michael is a trial attorney with extensive experience trying complex cases before judges, juries, and the American Arbitration Association.
In addition to litigation, Michael dedicates a significant portion of his practice to providing day to day general counsel services to the Firm’s business clients, drafting and negotiating specialized and unique contracts, and providing counseling on employment and labor relations matters.
Michael also is a leading legal authority in the security alarm industry, where he serves as General Counsel to the Pennsylvania Fire and Burglar Alarm Association and the New Jersey Electronic Security Association. Michael drafts security alarm contracts; handles mergers and acquisitions in the security alarm industry; and, on a day to day basis, advises security alarm businesses on the vast legal topics and challenges which confront the industry. Further, Michael is a highly sought after and frequent guest speaker before a variety of different professional associations within the alarm security industry.
Michael is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Middle District of Pennsylvania, and District of New Jersey.
Academically, he graduated 1st in his law school graduating class with magna cum laude honors and was a member of the prestigious Law Review. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Personally, Michael is a proud husband and father. He is a sports enthusiast, who races in triathlons and duathlons across the county. Michael is a nationally ranked duathlete who has qualified over multiple years to participate in the Duathlon National and World Championships, and represent the U.S.A. in the World Duathlon Championships in his age category. In a prior life, Michael was a USTA tennis teaching professional.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey