Michael handles all legal affairs for Palace Entertainment, which owns some of the most exciting water, amusement, and animal parks across the country, including: Noah's Ark in Wisconsin ("America's Largest Water Park"); Sea Life in Oahu, Hawaii (swim with the dolphins!); three Raging Waters in California; and America's oldest running amusement park, Lake Compounce in Connecticut, founded in 1846.
American Lawyer Media awarded Michael "Best Legal Department" in the U.S.A. He has also been named a "Top General Counsel" in California, "Top Attorney" in Orange County, and named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, where he serves on the Board, and helps to produce events like Constitution Day and Career Forum (which brings together 1,000 high school students for career workshops).
Extremely active in the legal community and with charitable endeavors, Michael will serve as President of the Orange County Bar Assoc. in 2017. He works passionately on Community Outreach events such as Beach Clean-Up, Food Harvest and Pet Adoption, and produces "Big for a Day" events in coordination with Big Brothers / Big Sisters, which pairs needy children with mentors for a day of fun at Boomers! parks. He founded the O.C. Bar's Entertainment Law section, and serves on the O.C. Bar's Charitable Fund Board.
Michael loves to write and speak on myriad legal topics, from the legalities of Batman's death, to handling media crises. He has written 100+ articles, appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows, and spoken at dozens of events, from Tahiti to Sicily. Perhaps his best legal "appearance," however, was his role as an FBI agent in Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can.
Michael grew up in New York City, and attended Boston College, where he threw the javelin, and achieved Academic All-American honors. He feels blessed to work in the amusement industry, and to live in Southern California, where he can see the sun-sparkling ocean, palm trees, and pelicans every day.