Biography

Michael attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration in 2007. He continued his education at Ohio University and received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2008. Michael received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2012. As a student, Michael was a Staff Writer for the University of Dayton Law Review and was elected its Research Editor for 2011-2012. Immediately after law school, Michael was the staff attorney to the Honorable Dennis J. Langer at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Since 2015, Michael has been in private practice before joining Freund, Freeze & Arnold in 2020.

Michael remains active in numerous bar associations and the local legal community as a member of the Federal Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, and the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. Previously in 2017-2018, Michael served as chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He was also the 2016-2017 co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the Dayton Bar Association.

Michael’s philanthropic efforts and fundraising includes work for Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. He regularly participates as an interviewer in the mock interview program by the Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Legal Roundtable, providing Ohio law students the opportunity to hone their interview skills in a controlled and safe learning environment. Michael is also an Associate Board member for the Dayton Art Institute.

Rising Star Badge Michael RiceFrom all his professional and philanthropic achievements, Michael was featured as the Dayton Bar Association’s Rising Star in the February 2018 Edition of Dayton Bar Briefs. In 2021, Michael was first named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Michael resides in Oakwood, Ohio with his wife, Cassandra, and their two sons.

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  • Ohio University – 2007 – Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration
  • Ohio University – 2008 – Master of Public Administration
  • University of Dayton School of Law – 2012 – Juris Doctor
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2018 – Named a "Rising Star Above the Bar" in the February 2018 edition of the Dayton Bar Briefs
  • 2021 – Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court