Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Visiting Professor of the Practice, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs, Assistant Director, Center for International Law and Policy, and Co-Director of the Puller Clinic
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Currently a Visiting Professor of Practice with the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, Mike spent 26+ years on active duty in the Marine Corps, largely as an infantry officer, before attending William & Mary Law School. During his Marine Corps career, Mike served in various U.S. and NATO staff positions involving unilateral, multi-national, and inter-agency coordination responsibilities, including assignments as a rifle company commander, Marine Expeditionary Unit Operations Officer, infantry battalion commander, and NATO Senior Staff Officer at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. With almost eight years of overseas service, his assignments included numerous leadership positions involving operations in such places as Lebanon, Grenada, Somalia, Bosnia, and Liberia. His final active duty assignment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations, Plans, Training) for the 2d Marine Division, where he served as the principal advisor to Division Commander on the operational employment of the 16,000-member Division. Mike is a graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College, USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
Upon graduation from William & Mary Law School, Mike joined the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) via the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served with the Office of Intelligence, a component of DOJ’s National Security Division, where his 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 2014, Mike joined the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in the Criminal Division of DOJ, where he handled casework involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance matters. He subsequently led a team of attorneys and support personnel that focused on analyzing strategic issues involving complex matters of significant concern to the Director of OIA. His last assignment at OIA was as the Associate Director for Policy, Legislation, and Multilateral Affairs. In this role he supervised a team of attorneys and support personnel in addressing challenging policy issues, to include national security matters; OIA/DOJ participation in multi-national organizations targeting transnational organized crime; supporting international anticorruption efforts; cyber/technology issues; reviewing proposed U.S. legislation; and served as OIA Counterterrorism Coordinator.
Mike was appointed to the Virginia Board of Veterans Services by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2016 and currently serves as Chair of the Board. Mike is also currently serving as the President of the William & Mary Law School Association.