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Michael has been described by The Washington Post as a “seasoned Supreme Court practitioner” (2015), and according to Reuters (2014), he is among “the top handful of lawyers in America” who “dominate” the docket of the US Supreme Court. Michael was profiled in The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List (2015), and he was recently recognized by Law360 (2016) as a top appellate advocate under 40, with “a yearslong track record of effective advocacy before the nation’s highest court.” For his work in the courts of appeals and Supreme Court, Michael was recently described in Greenwire (2016) as “the go-to guy for corporations fighting environmental regulations.”
Michael’s recent Supreme Court successes include representing the petitioners in Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S. Ct. 450 (2015), a partisan gerrymandering case that resulted in a unanimous victory; and the petitioner in France v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 583 (2015), a white collar criminal case in which Michael’s briefing persuaded the Solicitor General to confess error. In the courts of appeals, Michael recently obtained a categorical victory for his clients in American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. EPA, 2016 WL 4709117 (8th Cir. Sept. 9, 2016), an important FOIA case concerning the privacy rights of family farmers and ranchers. Before that, Michael obtained interlocutory appellate review and reversal of the denial of United’s motion to dismiss in the antitrust case, DPWN Holdings v. United Airlines, 747 F.3d 145 (2d Cir. 2014); and a 9-6 reversal for his institutional civil rights clients in Poventud v. City of New York, 750 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2014) (en banc), a case that generated six different opinions.
Michael co-directs the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, which regularly represents civil rights, immigrant, and criminal defense litigants before the Supreme Court. The Yale clinic is one of the oldest and most successful Supreme Court clinics in the country. Michael is also a regular participant in the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute.A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Michael received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as Editor of The Yale Law Journal and Executive Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review. Following law school, Michael clerked for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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