Mike’s practice routinely involves complex commercial disputes regarding intellectual property, securities, insurance, and constitutional, international, and comparative law. He has experience at all levels of litigation—from small claims court to the Utah Supreme Court or U.S. district and circuit courts—and especially enjoys helping innovative startups find creative solutions to practical and legal dilemmas.
With Parr Brown’s Media and First Amendment group, Mike helps businesses and individuals with a variety of privacy, defamation, and public-access issues under both state and federal law. He also regularly assists journalists and others seeking access to information from the government through the federal Freedom of Information Act and Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) or Open and Public Meetings Act.
Mike’s accomplishments have been fueled by a determined work ethic and remarkable education. Prior to joining Parr Brown, he was a licensed stockbroker, backpacked throughout Europe, managed political campaigns, volunteered at a civil-rights organization to help families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and slept at far too many truck stops across the country as the singer and guitarist for a touring rock band. During his first two years at Columbia Law School, he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year, elected by his peers to several governing bodies, selected for publication by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, awarded recognition for achievement in international and comparative law, and chosen to join Columbia’s American Constitutional Society National Moot Court Team. As the team’s director in his second year, he led four Columbia teams to sweep first through fourth place nationally, a feat that was unprecedented and remains unmatched. During his third year, he moved to England and earned a master of laws from King’s College London with distinction, the school’s highest award. But frankly, he is not particularly interested in fancy pieces of paper.
Mike instead enjoys all sorts of movies, books, travel, podcasts, and games, whether obsessing over sports analytics or defending his team’s title at “geek trivia” nights around town. In 2013, he started a record label with other professional musicians, and in 2014, the label’s first release reached #1 on Billboard’s list of independent albums, among other accolades.
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