Michael accepts briefs in all fields of Summary and Indictable Crime.
Michael has over 17 years experience working in criminal law, and he has appeared extensively in criminal jury trials, pleas and appeals in the County Court (both Prosecution and Defence), contests, pleas, and committals in the Magistrates Court, and hearings in the Children's Court (Family and Criminal Jurisdiction), Victim's of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VCAT), and the Federal Magistrates Court.
During his time as In-house Counsel at The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Michael excelled at working with, and representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Michael also has extensive experience working in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.
Michael has appeared in Football Federation Victoria disciplinary hearings and in numerous VCAT cases, with particular emphasis on Guardianship and Administration and Anti-Discrimination law. Michael often presents at the Leo Cussen PLT in Advocacy, Criminal Law, Bail, and Criminal Procedure and is a sessional teacher in Justice Studies.
Michael's other interests include playing ice hockey and soccer.
Michael is a fluent Russian speaker.