Michael joined Troubh Heisler in 2012 after thirty years of private practice. After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy, he was a deck officer in the Merchant Marine, sailing on large oil tankers before attending law school and then working for a large admiralty firm in New York City. In 1986, he moved back to Maine and started his own private practice. He handles commercial, civil, and personal injury litigation with a specialty in admiralty and maritime law, in all Federal and State Courts. He also handles employment discrimination claims, especially in the maritime industry. Since 2010, he has been nominated for Best Lawyers in America, Admiralty and Maritime. He has defended million-dollar claims, as well as obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts. He has represented the Captain and crew in a case involving the largest salvage award in the United States. See, In Peril, by Captain Skip Strong. Michael has also been an adjunct professor teaching Admiralty Law for Franklin Pierce Law Center (now named University of New Hampshire School of Law).
Michaelís Appellate Practice in Federal Court has also been extensive and successful. See:
1. Muratore v. M/S SCOTIA PRINCE, 845 E. 2d 347 (1st Cir. 1988);
2. David R. Greenly v. Mariner Management Group, Inc. et al. 192 F. 3d 22 (1st Cir. 1999);
3. Federal Maritime Terminals, Inc. v. Worcester Peat Company, LLC., 262 F. 3d 22 (1st Cir. 2001);
4. Kenneth Person et al v. Scotia Prince Cruises, Ltd., 330 F.3d 28 (1st Cir. 2003);
5. Frank P. Grande v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, et al., 436 F. 3d 277 (1st Cir. 2006)
Michael has been a member of the Town Council for the Town of Cumberland. He assisted in establishing a football program for the Town of Cumberland, at the youth, junior high and high school levels. He coached both junior high and high school teams.
Michael has three adult children and resides in Cumberland with his wife, Elizabeth. He loves the outdoors and is an avid gourmet cook, fisherman, downhill skier and hiker.