Powers Farley provides personal, responsive, and high-quality legal services to clients in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
Michael was born and raised on the island of Saipan, capital of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University. During his time at BSU, Michael was a founding member of a student group, Men of Vision, established to promote the involvement of minority students on campus, and he played club volleyball for the Boise State Men's volleyball team. Throughout college and beyond, Michael coached High School and Club Volleyball at Kuna High School and South Junior High. After graduating from BSU, Michael became a juvenile probation officer with Ada County. From 2011-2017, Michael worked one-on-one with at-risk youth, families, schools, and numerous service providers in the area to address criminogenic risk factors and monitor court compliance. During his time with Ada County Juvenile Probation, Michael was integral in establishing a new juvenile criminogenic risk assessment tool, the introduction of the iCourt e-filing process in the juvenile system, and the probation's G.E.D. program. Additionally, Michael was a field training officer, assigned to supervise and train new juvenile probation officers in Ada County.
Prior to joining Powers Farley, Michael was an associate attorney at a law firm in Boise, practicing insurance defense. Michael has defended both individuals and businesses against a variety of claims including personal injury claims, premises liability matters, breach of contract disputes, and derivative actions. Furthermore, he has assisted insurance companies by providing policy interpretations on complex coverage issues and defending bad faith disputes.
- University of Idaho College of Law, Boise, Idaho, Boise, Idaho, 2020
- Honors: University of Idaho’s Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
- Law Journal: Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal, Managing Editor
- Boise State University, 2011
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Personal Injury Defense
- Insurance Breach of Contract and Bad Faith Insurance
- Coverage Analysis
- U.S. District Court District of Idaho