Michael began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable John B. Lewis, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. From there, he worked as a trial lawyer with a mid-sized firm in Raleigh and as an Assistant Public Defender in Charlotte. In 2013, he opened the office of Byrne Law in Raleigh where he maintained a successful solo practice. In 2019, he joined Everett Gaskins Hancock as its newest partner.
- AV rated by Martin-Hubbell
- Graduate of Leadership Raleigh, 2012
- Notre Dame Club of Eastern North Carolina, prior President
- Attorney at Law Magazine, Litigator of the Month, 2014
- Business North Carolina’s Hall of Fame for Litigation
- Business North Carolina’s 2014 Legal Elite, winner in litigation category
Michael attended the University of Notre Dame and received a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine and English Literature. He attended law school at UNC, was articles editor of the North Carolina Law Review and graduated with honors in 1996.
In his free time, Michael enjoys distance running and cycling and often can be found ont he trails of William B. Umstead State Park and the greenways of eastern North Carolina. When not on running trails, the golf course, or watching Notre Dame football, Michael is an avid gardener and cook, and a devoted practitioner of yoga. He is also a published crossword puzzle creator, having now two published puzzles to his name in The Independent.
Michael’s volunteer efforts include work with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the House of Hope in Clayton, the Interfaith Food Shuttle, The Society of St. Andrew, which partners with farmers to harvest food for the needy that would otherwise to go waste, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, and the North Central Legal Assistance Program.