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Michael is a sixth‐generation Montanan, and a native of Helena. He graduated, with honors, from the University of Montana School of Law, and has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. Michael served as a law clerk for Montana Chief Justice Karla Gray and for United States Tax Court Judge Herbert Chabot. 


From 2008 to 2014 Michael was the primary attorney for the Montana Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Division (now known as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division). During this time Michael handled all types of alcoholic beverage legal issues for the state, including licensing transactions, violations, and drafting of statutes and administrative rules. In January 2014, Michael returned to private practice in Missoula.  In 2018, Michael opened Lawlor & Co., PLLC, and he continues to focus on alcoholic beverage and gaming licensing issues for clients across Montana.  Michael’s legal practice areas also include general business transactions and estate planning.