A fifth generation Ohioan, Bill Michael graduated with a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude with honors, from The Ohio State University. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was recognized as Best Oralist, Appellate Advocacy.
Upon graduation from law school, Bill joined a large regional law firm where he practiced for over eight years as a litigator focusing on complex business disputes, public law, and construction disputes.
Admitted to practice before all Ohio state courts and the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Bill’s experience includes representing clients in the manufacturing, service, distribution, retail, agriculture and public sectors in all aspects of litigation. Bill has litigated cases in Ohio state trial and appellate courts, various federal district courts throughout the country, bankruptcy court, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and administrative bodies. He was recently honored with a life membership in the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Honored with inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Professionals, Bill’s articles regarding constitutional law and trade have been published by academic institutions across the country. Bill has lectured at The Ohio State University College of Law and taught continuing legal education courses on construction and competition law.
He is an active member of the American, Federal, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio State Bar Association’s Appellate Law Committee and the American Agricultural Law Association. He is privileged to be on the Board of Directors of Thurber House, which is dedicated to the legacy of Columbus native James Thurber, reading and writing. Bill is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Delaware County Farm Bureau.
Bill has worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., a public policy organization dedicated to free market principles, where he published in trade journals and national and international newspapers regarding such diverse issues as agricultural policy, trade regulation, and energy policy. He has also testified before an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture regarding trade policy. Additionally, Bill worked in the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where he investigated potential violations of state and federal competition laws.