Prior to Grain, Michael helped shape U.S. communications policy in areas such as broadband deployment, spectrum and emerging mobile technologies as a top FCC official. Before that, Michael held executive roles in strategy and business development at Microsoft Corp., where he focused on the commercialization of emerging platforms. 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 honors (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the board of directors of Summit Broadband, Hunter Communications and WANRack, LLC and serves on the advisory board of the University of Virginia's Batten School of Public Policy. Michael is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Council on Foreign Relations.