Michael has significant oil and gas experience in many of the most significant shale plays in the country, including the Eagle Ford, Permian, Marcellus, and Utica shales. Michael’s practice primarily focuses on royalty litigation, allegations of unconventional development contamination, lease disputes, crisis management, and regulatory compliance and enforcement. He frequently publishes articles on emerging issues in the unconventional development industry, including induced seismicity and wastewater management.

Michael also has extensive experience interfacing 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 concerning rule proposals with the potential to impact unconventional development and has defended operators against allegations of breaches of federal and state environmental protection laws and regulations. 

Michael joined Harris, Finley and Bogle, P.C. in 2016 after working 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