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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, University at Buffalo School of Law

Michael represents companies, developers, landlords, tenants, financial institutions, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and construction matters.

In connection with his commercial real estate practice, Michael has also counseled clients on:

  • Acquisition and financing of multi-family housing, including large portfolio transactions.
  • Construction law matters, regularly representing owners and developers in construction and design contract negotiations.
  • State and local tax incentive programs, including with industrial development agencies.
  • Telecommunication leasing, with a focus on representing tenants.
  • Large-scale energy projects.
  • Municipal real property transactions.
  • Real property tax exemptions for not-for-profit corporations.

Michael also has experience representing corporate 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 - 2018




Professional Associations

  • Western New York Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

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