Michael graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (2012). Michael went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a concentration in family law. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2013.
While studying at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Michael participated in the Frank J. Remington Center’s Restorative Justice Clinic. In addition to helping Wisconsin’s incarcerated population navigate the difficult terrain of reconciling with the victims of their crimes, Michael received his first exposure to the practice of family law by assisting incarcerated individuals with family law matters.
In the summer of 2014, Michael continued his pursuits into family law by serving as an extern to the Honorable Grace Dickler, Presiding Judge of the Cook County Domestic Relations Division. In working closely with Judge Dickler and the rest of the Domestic Relations Division, Michael gained his true passion for the practice of family law.
Michael concluded his tenure at UW Law by being awarded the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer’s Leonard Loeb Scholarship, which is given to a University of Wisconsin Law School student who demonstrates outstanding qualities and achievement in their law school career and an interest in the practice of family law.
In 2015, Michael joined The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin. Michael is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Wisconsin State Bar Association.