Michael is Farrell’s second alumnus to have served in the House of Representatives, serving as a United States Congressman from New York’s 13th congressional district from 2009 until 2011.
He received his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from New York Law School. He also studied for two years at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
While in Congress, Michael served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was also elected Freshman Whip by the members of his class and served on the New Democrats’ Financial Services Task Force.
Prior to his time in Congress, Michael was a member of the New York City Council. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management and a member of the Land Use and Finance Committees. While on the Council, Michael spearheaded the implementation of a new Citywide solid waste management plan, wrote numerous laws revamping the City’s recycling program, and oversaw the rezoning of hundreds of properties in the City.
Earlier in his career, Michael worked for the New York State Assembly.
Prior to being elected to public office, Michael was a partner at the law firm of O’Leary, McMahon & Spero in Staten Island.
He currently is a partner, and co-chair of the Government Relations Group, for the law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP.
Michael is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and speaks extensively on foreign relation matters, especially in Turkey, Eurasia and Central Asia.