Michael is a member of the Financial Industry, Financial Services Regulatory, and Hedge Fund Groups. Michael joined Reed Smith after serving for nearly 14 years as General Counsel for Mellon Financial Corporation and Mellon Bank, NA, and as manager of legal affairs. Prior to joining Mellon in 1982, he was in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC for 11 years; when he left the Federal Reserve he was Assistant General Counsel, responsible for the bank holding company area. At Mellon, Michael was actively involved in its expansion, both in the banking and nonbanking areas and in its dealings with the federal and state bank regulatory authorities, as well as with the Congress and the state legislatures. He played a key role in Mellon's growth and transformation into primarily a fee-based business. He was intimately involved in Mellon's Pennsylvania statewide expansion, the creation and implementation of Mellon's good bank/bad bank transaction, the transformative and groundbreaking Boston Company and Dreyfus acquisitions, and in dealing with the federal regulators and Congress on the Basel II risk-based capital rules.
At Reed Smith, Michael has counseled General Counsel clients, filed expansion applications with the Federal Reserve, the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC, and also advised financial institution clients on an array of regulatory matters.
Michael has always been active in his communities. Over the years he has been PTA president for three schools; made presentations before local governmental authorities and coached local children’s teams at various levels in soccer, basketball and baseball. A member of the board of trustees of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a member of its Artistic Committee, Michael is also a director of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Company and a member of its Executive Committee and Production/New Works Committee. He was a long-time director of Pittsburgh First Night.
Michael and his wife, Carol, reside in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh. They have three children and eight grandchildren.