Michael is a litigation shareholder at Harris, Finley & Bogle.  His practice focuses on complex, high stakes litigation, and he has significant first and second chair experience with litigation matters that exceed $20 million in controversy.  Michael’s practice primarily focuses on oil and gas disputes, and he has successfully litigated issues in the most active and significant shale plays in the United States, including the Permian, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, and Bakken.

Michael’s litigation and trial efforts have been highlighted by Law 360 and Top Verdict.  In 2023, Top Verdict recognized Michael’s first-chair trial success in PPC Energy v. NGL Water Solutions, reporting the case as the largest environmental law jury verdict in Texas for 2022.  Michael believes that hard-driving, efficient litigation efforts are important to success at trial.

Michael also has diverse and extensive experience with federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Texas Railroad Commission. Michael has drafted and filed comments on behalf of trade associations on issues important to unconventional development, defended operators against alleged violations of federal and state environmental protection laws and regulations, and a variety of other agency work. 

Michael joined Harris, Finley and Bogle, P.C. in 2016 after working as an oil and gas attorney for a firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Admitted to Practice

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • Master of Laws, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law, University of Houston
  • Juris Doctor, Boston College Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston College

Presentations and Publications

Additional Highlights

  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Alumnus, AmeriCorps