Michael is the Lead Litigator of the Wrongful Death / Serious Injury Litigation Team at Barrett & Farahany. Michael's practice is devoted to representing clients who have sustained serious injuries or who have suffered the loss of a loved one through wrongful death. An equally significant portion of Michael's practice is dedicated to employment litigation matters, including claims of sexual harassment, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and gender, pregnancy, race, religion, age, and disability discrimination.
Michael is recognized as one of Georgia's premier wrongful death and serious injury attorneys. He has the highest rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards available by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Rated Preeminent Attorney. In addition, in 2019 Michael was awarded the Judicial AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible distinction.
Recently, Michael was selected for the second consecutive year to become a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Michael was recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates with the award of Top 40 Litigation Lawyer Under 40. And, Michael has now been awarded Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine 5 times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018).
In addition to his law practice, Michael was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018 and currently represents District 79, covering Dunwoody, a part of Doraville, and a small piece of Chamblee. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Intragovernmental Coordination Committee, and the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee.
Michael is a member of the American Association of Justice, The Dunwoody Bar Association, the Rotary Club of Metro Atlanta, is on the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Board and their Civil Rights Committee, and is an Arbitrator for the State Bar of Georgia Fee Arbitration Program.
Michael is past HOA President of Ashford Chase and Past President of Brotherhood at Congregation B'nai Torah. He is a past member of The Posse Foundation Leadership Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Legislative Committee, The Dunwoody Farmers Market Committee, and The City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee.