Biography

Michael has more than two decades of experience in commercial real estate law and corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on affordable housing and mixed-finance development. He has worked extensively with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Choice Neighborhoods, HOPE VI, Capital Fund Financing and RAD. 

He has represented housing authorities across the country in the finance and development of affordable housing. He also frequently counsels housing authorities in the creation of affiliated entities.

Michael also has broad experience working with government agencies and housing programs. He served on the HOPE VI Work Group, which was created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to advise on the development of Cost Control and Safe Harbor Standards for Rental Mixed-Finance Development. Michael also advised HUD on its Notice of Affiliates and Instrumentalities and negotiated HUD's Moving-to-Work Demonstration Program. Michael represented HUD in the Capital Fund Fiduciary Program and has represented several housing authorities in audits conducted by HUD's Office of Inspector General. 

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Michael was an attorney in the Pittsburgh office of a multistate firm for nearly 20 years, where he chaired the Affordable Housing Group. He also served as the firm's Vice President of Special Projects and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

Michael also previously served as general counsel for the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority. 

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Michael frequently speaks at HUD-sponsored seminars on affordable housing concerns. He has been a featured speaker at annual conferences of the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing.

Michael has also given presentations on behalf of the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations and the South East Regional NAHRO, on the topics of affordable housing and mixed-finance revitalization. 

Honors & Awards

  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Rated AV Martindale-Hubbell®