Michael also tackles emerging areas of law at the intersection of technology and commerce. He litigates on behalf of and provides counseling to clients regarding best practices for online terms and conditions, specifically with regard to arbitration provisions, class action waivers and auto-renewal programs, and is the author of Practical Law’s guidance on state auto-renewal laws. He also has experience in privacy, data breach and cybersecurity law, particularly as to the CCPA, about which he has presented at conferences and provided extensive guidance to clients. He has also written and presented on risk management and liability issues related to autonomous vehicles.
Michael has argued and won dispositive motions; negotiated settlements; taken and defended depositions; first-chaired mediations and second-chaired multiple arbitrations; handled preparation, direct and cross-examination of fact and expert witnesses; and conducted internal investigations. He also has extensive experience drafting briefs and motions as well as negotiating and managing discovery.
Before joining the firm, Michael was an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP in their complex commercial litigation group.
Prior to practicing law, Michael was a director, working in various capacities on and off-Broadway, on national tours and in Los Angeles. He also co-wrote the feature film The Best and the Brightest, starring Neil Patrick Harris, directed the two-season, 24-episode web series Stuck, and directed and produced live corporate events. Michael is an avid hiker and has logged many miles in the San Gabriel Mountains.