Selected to participate in both the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and the Attorney General’s Honors Program upon graduation from William & Mary in May 2006, Mike elected to begin his post-law school career as an Honors Program attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He served on a temporary detail with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and became a permanent employee of OIA in June 2015. His work requires regular contact with U.S. federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, the State Department, and various other federal agencies, as well as law enforcement counterparts abroad.
Prior to his temporary assignment, Mike worked in the Office of Intelligence, a component of the DoJ's National Security Division. There, Mike's responsibilities involved representing the U.S. Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain authorization for sensitive intelligence operations involving national security, terrorism and counterintelligence issues. In 2009 Mike served as a staff member with the Special Interagency Task Force on Detention Policy. Established by President Obama and charged with the mission of identifying lawful options for the detention, trial, transfer, release, or other disposition of individuals captured during armed conflicts or counterterrorism operations, the task force examined a number of complex national and international security issues.
Before attending law school Mike served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 26 years, achieving the rank of Colonel. With almost eight years of overseas service, his worldwide assignments included numerous leadership positions involving multi-national and interagency operations in such places as Lebanon, Grenada, Somalia and Liberia. A graduate of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Mike was subsequently assigned to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he chaired an international committee responsible for the development of NATO-wide maritime operations agreements. He also led the NATO Standardization Agency's negotiations with Russian Federation representatives in efforts to develop a NATO-Russia agreement for Search and Rescue at Sea.