Michael started law practice as a clerk for the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in Montgomery, Alabama before becoming a staff attorney. In 1991, he started as an associate with the Birmingham firm of Berkowitz, Lefkovits, Isom & Kushner and was made partner. He practiced commercial litigation. He relocated to Atlanta in 2000 and, after becoming a member of the Georgia Bar, began practicing the areas of residential and commercial real estate. Michael joined Ganek in 2004.