Bringing substantial government affairs experience to the HBS team, Mike applies his in-depth and practical understanding of the government’s inner workings in representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits that desire to navigate the complexities of government.
Mike’s accomplished background has seen him hold a number of key decision-making roles in the Wisconsin executive and legislative branches. He previously served under two Wisconsin governors – as chief of staff and as an assistant deputy secretary at the departments of Corrections and Financial Institutions – and has held leadership roles in the Wisconsin Legislature as executive director and in-house legal counsel of the Senate Republican Caucus; special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Healthcare Reform; and clerk of the Senate Organization Committee.
With a keen understanding of how to advocate for clients at the highest levels of government, Mike’s wealth of experience equips him to advocate for clients on legislative, administrative and agency regulatory matters; advise companies on marketing their products and services to Wisconsin; obtain incentives and economic development packages for companies; and advise clients on electoral process resource management.
Representative lobbying and advocacy efforts include serving as principal lobbyist for a Fortune 100 technology company, advising the largest global internet provider on state and local advocacy efforts, and leading advocacy efforts to defeat a regulatory licensing bill that threatened a nutritional products company and its consumers in three successive legislative sessions.
Mike has been actively engaged in Wisconsin government and business associations, serving on the Governor’s Education Transition and Presidential Campaign advisory teams, advisory councils for two successive Attorney Generals, and advisory boards for wispolitics.com, the Wisconsin Retail Council and Insight Schools of Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School.