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  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Student clerk, Chief Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Summer clerk, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York, General Crimes/Affirmative Civil Enforcement Divisions

B.A., cum laude, State University of New York at Geneseo 

J.D., cum laude, University at Buffalo School of Law

Mike has a broad-based environmental and energy-related practice, with a focus on transactional, regulatory compliance counseling, administrative and white-collar environmental defense, and remediation-based project assistance. He has assisted regional, national, and international clients with various environmental needs, including on a wide range of state and federal environmental issues and projects, assisting clients with regulatory enforcement actions and permitting, environmental due diligence review, and environmental risk assessment and allocation guidance.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Mike was an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in its New York City office.

Honors

  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014 - 2017
  • Listed, New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013 - 2017
  • Former co-editor-in-chief and submissions editor, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review
  • Former assistant executive director, Jessup International Moot Court Board
  • Order of the Barristers

Mike regularly represents clients regarding environmental regulatory issues and disputes before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; advises clients on interpretation of federal and state environmental provisions, regulations, and statutes; and advises clients on environmental provisions in transaction agreements, including indemnity provisions, supplier agreements, and other associated corporate documents. Specifically, Mike has played a significant role in the following representative matters:

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Professional Associations

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • National Association of Environmental Management
  • Air & Waste Management Association - Niagara Frontier Section - Co-Chair of the Annual Seminar Committee
  • New York State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section Member, Corporate Counsel Subcommittee Co-Chair

  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • Bar Association of Erie County Young Lawyer’s Committee

Community & Pro Bono

  • Adjunct faculty member, University at Buffalo School of Law, International Legal Advocacy, 2013 - 2016
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Group board of directors (President, 2015 - 2016, Immediate Past President, 2016 - 2017)
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. board of directors
  • American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Buffalo Leadership Board