Mike began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia from 1999-2000 before joining Spotts Fain immediately following his clerkship.  He focuses his practice on land use and zoning, real estate litigation and administrative law.

Over the years, Mike has devoted a large amount of time to real estate and land use matters.  He routinely advises developers and property owners on land use and zoning issues in jurisdictions throughout Virginia.  Mike’s work in this area of the law also includes extensive experience in land use and other real estate related litigation, including matters involving eminent domain.  He has represented large national retailers and local property owners in obtaining necessary land use approvals as well as challenging actions taken by local governing bodies and administrative officials. 

As a result of his litigation experience and extensive interaction with governmental bodies, Mike has also developed a diverse administrative law practice.  Mike has worked with, appeared before and/or handled administrative proceedings involving numerous boards, commissions and state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB), the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Bureau of Financial Institutions (BFI).

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Randolph-Macon College in 1996. He received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1999, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the McNeill Law Society. Following graduation, Mike was admitted to practice in Virginia in 1999.

In addition to his practice, Mike is an active member of the greater legal community. He is a member of the City of Richmond Bar Association and Henrico County Bar Association and served as President of the Henrico County Bar Association from 2011-2012. Mike has also been named as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star.


  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
  • Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia (B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, summa cum laude, 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Pennsylvania

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, National Business Institute, October 6, 2010
  • Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Negotiating Complex Real Estate Transactions in Virginia: Land Use Considerations, Lorman Education Services, 2005

Past Employment Positions

  •  14th Judicial Circuit of Virginia (Circuit Court of Henrico), Judicial Clerk, 1999 - 2000

Honors and Awards

  •  Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Henrico County Bar Association, 2011 - 2012
  • Richmond Bar Association

Representative Cases

  • County of Chesterfield v. Tetra Associates, LLC, 279 Va. 500 (Virginia Supreme Court 2010)


  • Kappa Sigma