Having grown up predominantly on the Central Coast, Michael headed south after completing high school – another member of the Central Coast Grammar School alumni – to study law and psychology at the University of Sydney.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology), he began practicing law with a national mid-tier firm in Sydney before returning to join one of the leading small firms on the Central Coast. After a number of years at that firm, Michael went on to complete his Master of Laws and establish Ryan & Seton Lawyers with Tony.
Michael is admitted as a solicitor in both the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia, meaning he is able to appear in any NSW or Commonwealth Court or Tribunal. As a result, he travels frequently between Sydney and Newcastle – and also interstate – to appear in Court on behalf of his clients. Specialising in family law, criminal law, civil litigation, dispute resolution and advocacy, Michael also draws on his extensive commercial experience to assist clients to find innovative solutions catered to meet their needs in all matters.
In late 2017, Michael was endorsed by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.
He also maintains a current posting of Flight Lieutenant and Legal Officer as a specialist reservist with the Royal Australian Air Force.
In his spare time, Michael likes to keep fit and active. He loves running of all distances, including locally with the Terrigal Trotters, and made his marathon debut in Berlin in 2017. He is also a keen, but rather average, cricketer and enjoys his ongoing association with the mighty Terrigal Matcham Cricket Club. More recently, he has proudly accepted the mantle of ‘Dance Dad’ for his dance-loving daughter.