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Michael received his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2008, after graduating from the highly acclaimed two-year accelerated SCALE J.D. program. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and obtained his Masters in opera at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. When he first arrived in New York City, Michael worked as a Eurodollar broker on Wall Street, putting together multi-million-dollar deals on a daily basis working for Lasser Marshall, Inc. After leaving Wall Street, Michael began what was to become an illustrious career on Broadway, where he earned many accolades, including the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Theater World Award, and was featured on the cover of Newsweek Magazine for his portrayal of Enjolras, the leader of the student revolution, in the original production of "Les Miserables." As a concert singer, Michael has performed with over 300 symphonies around the world.
Before forming his own law firm, Michael was an associate with the family law firm Kolodny & Anteau, where he worked on high conflict cases involving child custody disputes, multi-million dollar community property estates, paternity and palimony actions, celebrity cases and many other types of family law litigation. Michael was highly regarded for his ability to think "outside the box" in order to craft unique solutions to challenging family law situations. Prior to his time with Kolodny & Anteau, Michael worked as a clerk in the Los Angeles Superior Court for Judges Michael I. Levanas, Mark A. Juhas, and now-Supervising Judge Scott Gordon.
In addition to his "for profit" legal endeavors, Michael has performed substantial pro bono work for The Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, where he focused on complex child custody actions. In addition to being a member of the State Bar of California, Michael is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Michael has been hailed as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and an article about his life and unique approach to the law was published in the July 2013 issue of Super Lawyers magazine. In 2014, Michael joins the faculty of Southwestern Law School as an adjunct professor focusing on the practice of California Family Law.
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Working with Michael on my recent prenuptual was a pleasure. He was generous with his time and thoughtfl about what I was going through...even more importantly, he made sure my BF was comfortable with things
Very intelligent. Had a way of looking at the problems I was facing in my divorce settlement and brought productive ideas that worked to bring accord.
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