For many years, Mr. Michal has represented wireless telecommunication companies and tower companies on leasing and zoning matters. He is actively involved in the infrastructure buildout of wireless networks throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. He has represented radio and television station owners, as well as consultants and owners in the oil and gas industry, on various financial and contractual matters.

Jim is a former Chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group, a former co-chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, and a former Trustee of the Firm’s retirement and pension plans.

Jim is a graduate of Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa (Bachelor of Arts, Maxima Cum Laude) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.). He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.

Jim has earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition achievable for professional ability and ethics.

Jim is a former minor league baseball player and a retired Captain of the Air Force Ready Reserve.

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    Stock Options Are Not Money Remuneration Under The Railroad Retirement Tax Act Of 1937
    To support the nation’s ailing railroad systems, Congress passed the Railroad Retirement Tax Act in 1937 to bolster railroad employee pensions based on their “compensation,” which was defined as “any form of money remuneration.” Previously, the exception was used to exclude traditional perks like food, lodging, and tickets, but railroads recently began offering stock options. The lower courts split ... Read More