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Michael is an accomplished energy regulatory and compliance counsel with a remarkable track record spanning over 30 years in federal and state administrative and regulatory law, litigation, appeals, policy, infrastructure, and project development. As a strategic business and legal counselor, Michael possesses vast experience working with significant energy companies and major law firms. Notably, he served as director of regulatory affairs at NRG/Direct Energy. He was a government appellate litigator in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Solicitor’s Office. He also was a policy advisor in FERC’s Office of General Counsel, where he advised the Commission on complex issues associated with competitive wholesale electric energy markets, the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce, and electric system reliability.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.A., summa cum laude

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Member of the Energy Bar Association

  • English