Michael was Chief Executive Partner of Allens from July 2007 to December 2015. He is now a consultant to the firm.
Before becoming Chief Executive Partner, Michael was the head of the Allens Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and a commercial litigator specialising in large-scale commercial disputes. He acted for clients in significant disputes throughout Australia and in the United States, Europe and several Asian jurisdictions. He has practised in Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.
Michael is the Chairman of a number of Government, Arts and not-for-profit organisations including The Committee for Sydney, Sydney Living Museums and ChildFund Alliance. He is active in Indigenous Affairs being a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition, Chairman of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia, Deputy Chairman of the Aurora Foundation and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.