Michael brings over 20 years of experience in the surety and construction industries. His practice focuses on construction and surety law, affordable and supportive housing development, alternative dispute resolution, construction risk management, and real estate development. Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Michael was the president of Christa Construction, LLC and a founding partner in CSD Housing, LLC and Innovation Builders, Inc.
Michael’s experience includes the day-to-day management of a $100 million construction company, development of large supportive and affordable apartment communities, numerous construction and surety law presentations addressing topics such as the rise in toxic mold litigation and other trending issues, student housing development, and complex construction and surety litigation. Michael has also facilitated partnering workshops between contractors and state agencies, negotiated claims with the State University Construction Fund and other public construction owners, negotiated project labor agreements relating to the construction of student housing on community college campuses, and authored various papers and articles addressing multiple construction-related issues.
In addition to his work with Barclay Damon, Michael is also the director of Christa Construction's Housing Construction and Development and a partner at the supportive housing development firm CSD Housing, LLC.
- State University of New York at Oswego, B.A., cum laude, 1992
- University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
- New York
- Builders Exchange of Rochester
- Monroe County Bar Association
- Catholic Family Center, Committee Member
- Christa Construction, President
- Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP, Senior Associate