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 an Assistant Public Defender in Charlotte, and as a trial lawyer – first with a highly respected mid-sized firm in Raleigh, followed by 12 years practicing complex business litigation with one of the largest firms in North Carolina. 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 – 4.9/5.0 peer rating
- Graduate of Leadership Raleigh, 2012
- Notre Dame Club of Eastern North Carolina, prior President
- Business North Carolina’s Hall of Fame for Litigation
- Business North Carolina’s 2014 Legal Elite, winner in litigation category
- North Carolina SuperLawyers, 2017-2021
Michael attended the University of Notre Dame and received a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine and English Literature. He attended law school at the University of North Carolina, where he was an Articles Editor of the North Carolina Law Review and graduated with honors.
In 2020, Michael completed an RYS 200-hour yoga teacher training program. In addition to a devoted yoga and meditation practice, Michael enjoys cycling and weight training, gardening, cooking, reading non-legal books, and Notre Dame football (and, sometimes Notre Dame basketball). He is also a published crossword puzzle creator who has trophied in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
Michael’s volunteer efforts include work with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, the Interfaith Food Shuttle and The Society of St. Andrew, which partners with farmers to harvest food for the needy that would otherwise to go waste.