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After practicing in both New Hampshire and Harrisburg, Pa., Michael joined the Real Estate group at Reed Smith in 2010. His experience includes handling commercial real-estate-related transactional and land-use matters. Michael has worked on a number of high-profile projects, specifically, establishing a master development plan for the Lower Hill former Civic Arena site, representing a publically traded REIT in connection with a $4 billion merger, assisting an energy company in land acquisitions for multiple gas pipelines and power generation facilities, and obtaining approvals for various multi-unit residential projects throughout the region. Michael has also represented various companies and nonprofits in office, retail and restaurant leasing matters, and in commercial lending transactions.


  • Duquesne University School of Law, 2006, J.D., with honors, CALI Award for academic excellence in State Constitutional Law (2005); Paul J. Gitnik Award for academic achievement (2004/2005)
  • Liberty University, 2000, B.S., Government, minor in French and English, magna cum laude; Academic Honors Scholarship (full tuition); Dean's List

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Hampshire

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • State Supreme Court - New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Hampshire

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law, 2024

Civic and Charitable Affiliations

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Volunteer Mentor (2013-2014)
  • Senator John H. Heinz History Center – History Uncorked Committee (2011-2013)
  • Riverlife – Party at the Pier Host Committee (2012-2014)
  • Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience – Pulsations Host Committee (2009-2014)
  • Pittsburgh City Theatre – Gala Host Committee (2013)


Michael lives in Regent Square with his partner of 9 years and he enjoys mountain biking, skiing and hiking.