A Reputation For Results

Michael is a determined and effective advocate for his clients.

He understands that each client’s needs and circumstances are different and that every case presents a unique challenge. From the beginning of every new engagement, he works closely with clients to identify their legal objectives and to devise a cost-effective strategy for achieving those objectives.

Michael grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Vassar College in 1980.  After graduating from college, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in the banking industry for several years. In 1984, he started law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. After graduating from law school in 1987, he worked at prominent law firms in San Francisco and Oakland, specializing in insurance defense, personal injury, and business and commercial litigation.
Michael relocated to Sonoma County and opened his own law office in Healdsburg in 1999. Since then his practice has focused on serving clients located primarily in Northern Sonoma County — business owners, wineries, grape growers, and ranchers, but mostly local individuals who need legal help.
In addition to his private practice, since 2003, Michael has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sonoma County Superior Court conducting Mandatory Settlement Conferences for cases set for trial. In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to the community and the administration of justice, the Superior Court honored him with its “Volunteer of the Year” award. He is a Fee Arbitrator with the Sonoma County Bar Association and also provides neutral mediation and case evaluation services.