Bar & Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, May 2012

  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, “Distinguished Law School Winner”
  • Order of the Coif
  • First Prize, Albert H. Friedman Award,  most outstanding performance in the production of a writing project
  • First Prize, Nat M. Wolfsohn Memorial Award, excellence in real property
  • Best Paper in Advanced Contracts (2011) and Property (2010)
  • Distinguished Class Participation for Land Use Planning (2011), Advanced Contracts (2011), Property (Spring 2010), and Environmental Law (Spring 2010)
  • Graduate assistantship, Legal Studies Department (2010-2012)
  • Managing Editor, Temple Law Review (2011-2012)
  • Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Law Society 

Temple University, B.A. (English & History), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 2008

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

  • Adjunct professor, Environmental Lawyering

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Board of Directors, 2017

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Since joining the firm in 2012, Michael has concentrated his practice on regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of air and water quality, for a wide array of complex industries, including clients in the chemical manufacturing, waste, power generation, petroleum refining, transportation, and commercial sectors.  Michael has significant experience in counseling clients on federal and state air pollution and water quality regulations, negotiating agency enforcement actions for allegations of regulatory non-compliance, and assisting in securing operating permits.  Michael also assists clients in preparing comments on proposed agency rulemakings and challenging federal regulations, including extensive experience with appeals of air regulations before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law where he was the Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review.  During his final year, Michael served a year-long Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical with the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Michael also received multiple academic awards, including the Burton Award for Legal Achievement “Distinguished Law School Winner,” a national writing award presented for excellence in legal writing and Temple Law’s top writing prize upon graduation.

In the community Michael serves on the Board of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a National Estuary Program that aims to improve the quality of water in the Delaware Estuary through a science-based, collaborative approach.  Michael is also an adjunct professor at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law where he teaches environmental law.   

Representative examples of Michael’s experience include the following:

  • negotiating Consent Decrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including in the areas of air quality, chemical safety, stormwater and water quality;
  • challenging the promulgation of EPA regulatory programs in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit;
  • assisting in the preparation of public comments on federal and state regulatory proposals including in the areas of air quality, water quality, and endangered species protection;
  • counseling clients regarding environmental compliance, including regulatory and  permitting obligations;
  • assisting clients prepare Title V and operating permit applications;
  • helping prepare permits for water withdrawal and discharge;
  • challenging conditions included in operating permits;
  • assisting clients with performing environmental due diligence associated with asset acquisition; and,
  • appealing claim denials by the Pennsylvania Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund.