Michael has litigated dozens of freedom of information cases in both state and federal courts on behalf of Judicial Watch as well as individuals, media organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, Michael successfully forced the U.S. Department of Justice to produce over 42,000 pages of records that were being improperly withheld under a claim of Executive Privilege.
In addition to government transparency lawsuits, Michael has had extensive experience litigating accountability and integrity lawsuits in both federal and state court. Michael has challenged the delay of the employer mandate on behalf of a Florida orthodontist, challenged the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for failing to comply with its legal duties, and challenged the District of Columbia’s policy allowing Congressional employees to purchase health insurance on the “Small Business Exchange.” Michael also has represented a whistleblower in a whistleblower/First Amendment retaliation action under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and three police officers in a Section 1983 lawsuit for violations of their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Moreover, Michael has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs concerning a variety of issues, including Voter ID, illegal immigration, government transparency, and executive overreach. Michael has also drafted legislation and testified before state legislatures. Michael most recently testified before the State Government Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives concerning the impeachment of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
Michael has also advocated for the rule of law, government transparency, and good government generally on television, in the print media, at press conferences, and on the radio. Michael’s work has also been discussed on major media outlets nationwide.
Michael received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2004. He has been published three times, most recently in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News in an article entitled James Madison Would Not Litigate FOIA Disputes: Fixing FOIA through ADR.
Michael lives in Washington, D.C.
Expertise: Law, U.S. Constitution, government transparency, rule of law, Voter ID, immigration enforcement