Prior to Grain, Michael helped shape U.S. communications policy in areas such as broadband deployment, spectrum and emerging mobile technologies. Before that, Michael held executive roles in strategy and business development at Microsoft Corp., where he focused on the commercialization of emerging platforms (e.g., Internet, mobile, cloud). He began his career practicing communications and technology law at Silicon Valley’s Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Washington D.C.’s WilmerHale, after clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Michael graduated with distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He serves on several boards, including WANRack, LLC, CE Workforce, the University of Virginia's Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy and Year Up (National Capital Region).