Michael helps government bodies solve problems, and assists businesses and individuals understand how government works. Mike brings broad experience to the table, with over four decades of legal experience, including 16 years as City Attorney for Madison, Wisconsin. As the second-longest serving City Attorney in Madison history, Mike has invaluable inside knowledge of the legal and practical issues of government operation.

As Madison City Attorney, Mike was responsible for legal issues from A (Administrative Appeals) to Z (Zoning). He can assist local units of government, businesses or individuals on alcohol licensing, appellate review, civil rights, contracts (including public bidding), constitutional law, elections, employment law, ethics, government structure, intergovernmental agreements, open meetings and public records, police and fire, public works and utilities, tax disputes, and zoning. He brings a wealth of experience dealing with politically charged issues while under public scrutiny.

In addition to working on government matters, Mike is also a member of the Litigation Practice Group at Boardman Clark, bringing his many years of practice to assist in courtroom disputes. 

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Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of The Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • State and Local Government Law Section
    • Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, 2004-2020
    • Senior Lawyers Division
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Administrative and Local Government Law Section
      • Board of Directors, 1993-1999
      • Chair, 1994-1995
    • Energy and Telecommunications Section, 1985-2004
      • Board of Directors, 1999-2004
      • Chair, 2000-2001
    • Government Lawyers Division, 2004-2020
      • Board of Directors, 2016 - 2020
    • Litigation Section
    • Media-Law Relations Committee, 1983-1993
    • Professional Ethics Committee
    • Senior Lawyers Division
      • Board of Directors, 2019 - present
  • Dane County Bar Association

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Downtown Madison Rotary Club, Member
    • Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • Downtown Madison Rotary Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, 2014-2017
    • President of the Board, 2017
  • First Unitarian Society of Madison
    • President of the Congregation, 1991-95
    • Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference Board, 2017-2021
    • President, 2020-2021
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Board of Visitors
    • 2005-Present

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Seventh Circuit and Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1979
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1975

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