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Mike was born and raised in Springfield, KY, a small rural town about 60 miles southeast of Louisville. The eldest of three children, he has two younger sisters, Melissa and Lindsay, and a very large Roman Catholic extended family. Growing up, his family was active in Saint Dominic Catholic Church, where Mike was frequently an altar server and volunteered for various other service opportunities in the church and school. He attended Saint Dominic Catholic School through 8th grade and attended Washington County High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard while simultaneously working for a local manufacturing company.
Following four months of active duty initial entry training in 1996, Mike returned to his hometown where he worked diverse jobs over the next three years, including positions as a corrections officer, welder, farm laborer and volunteer firefighter, while continuing to serve part-time in the National Guard. In 1999, his National Guard leaders nominated him for a position as a full-time recruiter. After selection to that position, Mike was initially assigned to a recruiting station in Maysville, KY where he served for two years. He enjoyed success as a recruiter, ultimately serving a total of six years in this position, with assignments to various other recruiting stations including Richmond, Bardstown and Springfield, KY.
Mike chose to leave recruiting in 2005 and volunteered for service in the 20th Special Forces Group, Military Intelligence Detachment (Airborne) in Louisville, KY. This was a part-time position, which allowed him the opportunity to pursue his college education while simultaneously pursuing numerous military training opportunities, including the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, foreign language training at the Defense Language Institute-Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA, and the Military Intelligence School at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX.
Mike enrolled in the University of Louisville in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2008. He relocated to Highland Heights, KY in 2008, where he attended Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. During the first two years of law school, Mike worked part-time as the school’s pro bono program coordinator. During his third year, he earned a limited practice law license and participated in an internship with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. He graduated a semester ahead of his peers in December 2010, passed the February 2011 Kentucky Bar Exam, and was admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky in May 2011.
The most significant event for Mike during law school was meeting his future wife, Sarah. Following graduation, the couple moved to Bowling Green, KY, Sarah’s hometown, where they married in June 2011. Sarah began working as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney while Mike entered private law practice and continued part-time service in the National Guard.
Mike was selected for appointment in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in October 2011. He received his commission as an Army officer in January 2012 and attended the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, a total of six months of training in Charlottesville, VA and Fort Benning, GA, from October 2012 – March 2013. Mike returned to private law practice for a short time following this training, but was subsequently mobilized in September 2013 to support a unique Army legal mission. During this mobilization, Mike worked with a team of attorneys charged with enforcing a broad policy
initiative by the Secretary of the Army designed to eradicate sexual assaults from the Army. Mike served as a team leader on this project for 16 months, after which he elected to return to Bowling Green and re-enter private law practice. He continues to serve part-time in the National Guard, where he is assigned as Command Judge Advocate for the Joint Forces Headquarters Element of the Kentucky National Guard. Mike will achieve 20 years of total military service in December 2015, but has no plans to retire.
In April 2014, Mike and Sarah welcomed their daughter, Hallie Catherine, into their family, and the couple hopes to grow their family even more in the coming years. They are active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green. Sarah moved to a new position as Assistant County Attorney in Warren County in 2014. Mike joined the firm of Crain|Schuette Attorneys in August 2015. He presently focuses his law practice to debtor representation in consumer bankruptcy cases and civil litigation.