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Michael is a partner in the Real Estate Group, assisting major universities, health care providers, and other institutional clients acquire and dispose of real estate assets and structure development transactions. His practice takes a holistic approach to real estate deals, focusing on the intended end-use of assets and clearing a transactional path to navigate private use restrictions, regulatory requirements, environmental issues, and other potential obstacles. Michael has aided clients in portfolio acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing projects, real estate financing, land use and zoning, tax increment financing, and non-profit real estate tax matters. Michael also represents clients in connection with non-traditional investment assets such as sporting arenas, sports leagues, shopping centers, and neighborhood hospitals. Michael chairs the Diversity Committee of Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office, is an active member of the Reed Smith Recruiting Committee, and is a founding member of PRISM, the firm's nationwide LGBTQ+ business inclusion group.


  • 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

  • Pensilvania
  • Nuevo 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

Premios y reconocimientos

  • 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.