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  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York

B.A., Colgate University

M.A., Economics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

J.D., summa cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Michael represents companies, developers, landlords, tenants, financial institutions, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate. In connection with his commercial real estate practice, Michael has counseled clients on:

  • State and local tax incentive programs, including with industrial development agencies
  • Telecommunication leasing
  • 1031 exchange matters
  • Large-scale renewable energy projects
  • Municipal and school district property transactions
  • Real property tax exemptions for not-for-profit corporations

Michael also has experience representing trustees on the closing of complex bond transactions.

In addition, Michael has experience in bankruptcy matters, loan workouts, and restructurings, with a focus on representing lenders, trustees, special servicers, and other financial institutions.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Michael was an associate at a national law firm. Before attending law school, he was a bank officer and senior auditor with a major financial institution operating in upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania


  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review  
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016



Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • Vice president, United Church Manor Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. board of directors