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Michael D. Garland

Law Clerk

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Ben Franklin

Experience at Work

Michael joined the firm as a member of Capes Sokol’s 2021 Summer Associate class. He attends the Washington University School of Law and will graduate in May 2022. Michael intends to combine his business background with his interest in trial work to pursue commercial litigation. He is also interested in arbitration, mediation, employment law, and environmental law.

Prior to attending law school, Michael gained a decade of experience in the business world, primarily focusing on early stage businesses. His corporate work experience includes roles as the chief operating officer of Athlete Venture, as an underwriter and financial analyst for Chubb, and as the founder of This business background gives Michael a unique perspective that enables him to collaborate effectively and efficiently with clients and colleagues, while utilizing decision-making and problem-solving skills.

During 2020, Michael worked as an intern in the legal department at Fidelity Investments, where he supported Fidelity’s in-house attorneys on transactional and litigation matters.

Michael received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is a certified Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.

In the Community

Michael is a staff editor on the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, a student-edited legal journal dedicated to publishing superior works by renowned international and comparative law scholars. He is also a member of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honor society.

A native of the east coast, Michael is actively pursuing opportunities to get involved in the St. Louis community. This spring, he volunteered to coach the M.I.C.D.S. track team, working with the discus and javelin throwers and the shot-putters.

Additional Information

Areas of Interest

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration/Mediation
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law

Educational Background

  • J.D. Candidate, Washington University School of Law
    • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2022
  • M.B.A., University of Florida – Hough Graduate School of Business, Class President (2013)
  • B.B.A, Bachelor of Business Association, University of Pittsburgh, Honors College (2006)


  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter

Professional Organizations

  • University of Florida – Hough Graduate School of Business | MBA Class President (2013)
  • Washington University Global Studies Law Review | Staff Editor
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society