Michael is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, and a third generation graduate of Millsaps College, where he played varsity golf. Before law school, Michael served as an aide to Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, where he learned the ins and outs of Mississippi government. Today, Michael lives in Fondren with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Rabb and Lewis. He is an avid reader of history and presidential biographies. In his spare time, Michael coaches moot court at Mississippi College School of Law.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Appellate Practice, 2019-2022 Commercial Litigation, 2017-2022 Litigation – Construction, 2019-2022 Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, 2019-2022 Listed in Chambers USA, Litigation: Appellate, 2020-2022 Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers Appellate, 2020-2021 "Rising Star," Appellate, 2014-2017 Listed in Benchmark Litigation "Under 40 Hot List," 2016-2018 "Future Star," Mississippi, 2015-2016, 2018-2021 Listed in Mississippi Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40," 2014 Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, Mississippi College School of Law, 2008-2011 American Tower Asset Sub, LLC v. Marshall Cty., 324 So. 3d 300 (Miss. 2021) Successfully represented wireless tower operator in appeal raising issue of first impression regarding trial court’s power to dismiss zoning challenge brought against competitor tower company. Reeves v. Gunn, 307 So. 3d 436 (Miss. 2020) (en banc) Represented the governor of Mississippi in successful appeal affirming governor’s power to exercise line-item veto on appropriations bill and limiting legislators standing to challenge gubernatorial vetoes. Mullennix v. Menard, 236 A.3d 171 (Vt. 2020) Successfully represented state corrections officials and private healthcare provider in reversing trial court’s certification of a statewide prisoner class challenging Vermont’s medication-assisted treatment program for opioid dependent inmates. O’Bryant v. Walgreen Co., 802 Fed. Appx. 826 (5th Cir. 2020) Successfully represented store owner in premises liability suit by customer seeking damages for injuries sustained when he was struck by another customer’s car outside of the store. Araujo v. Bryant, 283 So. 3d 73 (Miss. 2019) Successfully represented charter school in suit establishing constitutionality of Mississippi’s charter school law. Express Oil Change, LLC v. Miss. Bd. Of Licensure for Prof’l Engineers & Surveyors, 916 F.3d 483 (5th Cir. 2019) Successfully represented regional automotive services provider in constitutional commercial speech challenge to state’s ban on company’s use of the “Tire Engineers” trade name and service mark. Regions Financial Corporation v. Patricia Hall Sheppard, et al., No. 2017-CA-00619-SCT (Miss. S. Ct. 2018) Lead counsel in appeal of $6.4 million judgment against bank in breach of trust case alleging principal disbursements in violation of trust terms, and assisted in negotiation of settlement after oral argument. Vann v. City of Southaven, 884 F.3d 307 (5th Cir. 2018) Successfully petitioned for en banc rehearing of decision denying qualified immunity to police officer involved in fatal shooting of suspected drug dealer. TNHYIF REIV Golf LLC v. Forrest Cty., 275 So. 3d 92 (Miss. Ct. App. 2018) Successfully represented multi-family property owner in taxpayer appeal challenging county assessor’s use of hypothetical valuation model. Chamberlin v. Fisher, 885 F.3d 832 (5th Cir. 2018) (en banc) Pro-bono appellate counsel for death row inmate in federal habeas appeal challenging discrimination in jury selection. JRA One, LLC v. City of Ridgeland, No. 2016-CA-00079-SCT (Miss. S. Ct. 2017) Lead trial and appellate counsel for multi-family property owner in constitutional challenge to zoning ordinance restricting density in residential districts, which was settled after briefing in Supreme Court Lefoldt v. Horne, L.L.P., 853 F.3d 804 (5th Cir. 2017) Successfully represented auditing firm in appeal in case of first impression regarding public hospital’s authority to enter binding arbitration agreement with its auditor. American Optical Corp. v. Estate of Rankin, 227 So. 3d 1062 (Miss. 2017) Successfully represented respirator manufacturer in appeal of $14 million jury verdict for worker alleging harmful exposure to silica. Thomas v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., 212 So. 3d 58 (Miss. 2017) Lead appellate counsel for premises owner in appeal of case of first impression regarding immunity afforded by statutory employer provision of Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act to owner who obtains Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP). New Orleans Glass Co. v. Roy Anderson Corp., 632 Fed. Appx. 166 (5th Cir. 2015) Successfully represented general contractor in appeal from order denying arbitration, obtaining reversal and order compelling arbitration in construction dispute with condominium owners. Kinsale Ins. Co. v. Georgia-Pacific LLC, 795 F.3d 452 (5th Cir. 2015) Successfully represented policyholder in appeal from an adverse insurance-coverage decision. In a case of first impression, the appellate court adopted policyholder’s position that an “insured versus insured” exclusion in a CGL policy does not bar coverage for pass-through indemnity claims among insureds. Otis Elevator Co. v. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., 589 Fed. Appx. 953 (11th Cir. 2014) Successfully represented general contractor in appeal from a breach of contract judgment, winning reversal of judgment on subcontractor’s failure to seek pre-bid clarification and remand for a new trial on contractor’s damages. Baker & McKenzie, LLP v. Evans, 123 So.3d 387 (Miss. 2013) Successfully represented international law firm in appeal of $100 million legal malpractice verdict, the largest such verdict in Mississippi history.