Michael was born in Manhasset, New York. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance along with a Bachelors of Arts in History. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating with multiple honors in 1994. Michael passed the Bar in 1994 and has been a practicing attorney since then. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in the state of Florida, the Middle District of Florida, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.
Michael is a past president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (the youngest ever) and also served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and its executive committee (2003-2005). Michael previously represented the 6th Judicial Circuit of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (1998-2003) before being elected the Boards President. Michael is a Past President of the Clearwater Bar Association (2002-2003).
Presently, he is managing and running his own law firm where is Managing Partner for M. Faehner, Esq., LLC where he practices in the areas of tax, contract law, estate and trust planning, probate, charitable giving, trustee services, business/corporate consulting, civil litigation and tax controversy work.
Michael is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He was also the recipient of the 2005 FL Law Related Education Association Attorney of the Year and received a special FL Supreme Court Special Citation for his work with Hurricane Disaster Relief. As a result of his work with the Florida Hurricanes in 2004, he was labeled in the legal community as the Master of Disaster. He also served as a charitable consultant during Hurricane Katrina relief for several of the states that were impacted.