Mike practices primarily in the areas of land use, zoning, and land development. Having previously represented several Delaware municipalities on a wide range of issues, including land use matters, Mike has a keen understanding of the administrative process and a proven ability to manage sophisticated and sensitive matters.
Mike’s land use practice primarily focuses on projects in New Castle County, the City of Wilmington, and the City of Newark, although he has handled projects in several other jurisdictions throughout Delaware. He has extensive experience in all aspects of land use, including property due diligence, community outreach, hearings before legislative and administrative bodies, and all phases of the entitlement process from conception to completion. Having managed projects large and small, Mike understands the challenges and complexities of land development and the many factors impacting land use decisions.
He has guided many of the region’s most notable developers and builders on a variety of groundbreaking mixed-use development projects, including Barley Mill Plaza, Avenue North, College Square, The Concord, and Forwood Commons; development of student housing to replace the former University of Delaware Dickinson dormitories; various residential communities such as Delaware National, Baker Farm, and Crooked Billet; Meadowcrest at Middletown, an assisted living and memory care facility; commercial shopping centers, including Park N’ Shop and LaGrange Center; contemporary self-storage, warehousing, and distribution facilities; and approvals for construction of solar energy fields.
He currently serves as legal counsel to the Board of Public Works for the City of Lewes, a municipal utility provider. He also has experience in labor relations and employment law, and previously served as a legislative attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives and as an instructor with the paralegal program at Delaware Technical Community College.
A native Delawarean, Mike strongly believes in giving back to the community. He serves as a Board Member of OperaDelaware and the Delaware Military Academy and previously served as President of the Dover Art League and as a Board Member of the University of Delaware Men’s Crew Alumni Association. He was a member of the Leadership Delaware Class of 2014.
• Villanova University School of Law, Law School, J.D.
• University of Delaware, B. A., Honors, Political Science and Economics
• Delaware State Bar Association, Member
• Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, Member
Honors and Distinctions:
• Recognized in Delaware Today‘s “Top Lawyer” issue as a Top Land Use Lawyer (2019, 2017)
• Recognized in Delaware Business Times‘ 2016 Class of 40 Under 40