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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, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Mike focuses his practice on general environmental law, clean and renewable energy development, environmental aspects of transactions, environmental litigation, and regulatory compliance counseling. Mike has assisted regional, national, and international clients with various environmental needs, including counseling clients on a wide range of state and federal environmental issues, representing clients in environmental litigation matters, assisting clients with regulatory enforcement actions, drafting and negotiating environmental agreements and contract provisions, environmental due diligence, and environmental risk assessment and allocation.

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 - 2016
  • Listed, New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013 - 2016
  • 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:

Publications

Professional Associations

  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Air & Waste Management Association - Niagara Frontier Section
  • New York State Bar Association

  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • Bar Association of Erie County Young Lawyer’s Committee Executive Council

Community & Pro Bono

  • Adjunct faculty member, SUNY Buffalo Law School, International Legal Advocacy
  • President, SUNY Buffalo Law School Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Group board of directors
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. board of directors
  • American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Buffalo Leadership Board