When Michael isn’t working, he enjoys teaching, reading and writing, and spending time with his family. He is an enormous Lord of the Rings nerd and loves reading Harry Potter to his kids at night.
Michael was born and raised in Holladay, Utah, where he spent a significant amount of his time skiing, hiking, camping, and generally taking advantage of living in the shadow of Mount Olympus. He attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Michael has a love of storytelling, which he discovered goes hand in hand with the practice of law. While attending law school at BYU, he started the Storytelling and the Law Organization, focused on helping future lawyers learn how to incorporate stories into their practice. He was also the co-founder of the LawStories Initiative at the law school, which has become a national storytelling competition among law students from all over the country. Michael was the lead editor for the public law journal and was published in the BYU Law Magazine.
After law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Judge Bruce Pickett in Idaho Falls, Idaho, drafting legal opinions and assisting the judge in deciding issues before the Court. After clerking, Michael has since worked for law firms in a variety of areas of practice, including commercial litigation, estates, insurance defense, property disputes, and corporate law. He has active licenses in both Idaho and Utah and has represented clients in both states.