Mike has been a resident of Draper since 2013 and is native to Utah. Mike born and raised in Midvale and graduated from West Jordan High, where he was the Foreign Language Sterling Scholar.
Mike is Of-Counsel with Cowdell and Wooley, PC. Michael handles a wide variety of cases, to include eminent domain litigation, real estate development litigation, and a broad array of transactional work. A unique attribute of the firm, is that they are contracted prosecution agency. Michael is a Special Deputy District Attorney for Salt Lake County, and City Prosecutor for several municipalities around the state.
Prior to working for Cowdell and Wooley, Michael was the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Utah State Treasurer. Michael covered a broad array of legal issues including the Unclaimed Property Division, the School and Institutional Trust Fund Office, the State Money Management Council, the Governor’s Energy Advisor and provided general legal advice to the Treasurer’s Office and other constitutional and executive officers. Previous to that, Michael was counsel to the Utah Medicaid Inspector General where he prosecuted over 300 civil Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse matters.
Michael has an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and was a Hinckley Institute of Politics fellow in Washington, D.C. Michael has a Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Political Science, with an emphasis on Political Economy. Michael attended law school in San Diego, California at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Michael took the opportunity to study abroad at the Zhejian University in Hangzhou, China. He studied international trade, international contract drafting and doing business in China.
Michael is also a member of the Utah Army National Guard and has served for over 19 years and deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. Mike serves on the Draper City Council. Michael is licensed to practice law before the Utah Supreme Court, Federal District Court of Utah, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Michael is also an avid football fan, golfer, aviator, and wake surfer. As a young man, Mike earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Mike hates the status quo in the legal world. Mike is out to change the legal world and the reputation of the legal community in general. Mike sees himself an attorney and counselor at law. A regular Attorney applies the facts to the law and makes an argument. A Counselor, takes your burden and helps you find the best outcomes whether it is preventative with advice ahead of problems, negotiating a settlement, or taking your case to trial and even an appeal to the Supreme Court.
A Counselor takes care of you, develops a strategy based on the situation, and executes it with professionalism. There are times where aggressive litigation is not in the best interest of the client, and it takes a trusted advisor to know when to fight, when to negotiate, when to influence and at times seek creative solutions that are in the best interest of the client.
Why Choose Mike?
On your worst day, Mike is there to offer sound and effective legal advice to help you get through it. You will begin to sleep better knowing a true professional will develop a legal strategy and solve the problem.
Mike served with literally the best special operations troops in the world in Afghanistan and is a high level warrior-diplomat, himself. Mike knows when to fight and take a stand, and when to negotiate and influence to get the best outcomes for his clients, the right way.
MIke is technologically savvy and adopts the most current and best software and technology systems to make sure no detail is left untouched or deadlines missed. Mike is a 21st century law firm with the state of the art programs to present your case before a jury in a way that wins.