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Michael assists clients with appellate proceedings, complex litigation and high-stakes regulatory disputes.

He regularly advises organizations on constitutional, statutory and procedural issues, including the First Amendment, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the False Claims Act (FCA), class certification, federal jurisdiction, immunity and due process.

Michael has specific experience navigating litigation and challenging regulatory compliance matters for colleges and universities, including Titles IV, VI and IX of the Higher Education Act, First Amendment free-speech protections for students and faculty, and student discipline. He has worked with both public and private institutions to achieve successful resolutions.

As a former federal appellate law clerk, Michael maintains a robust appellate practice, counseling clients through all stages of appeals including briefing and oral argument. He has helped clients secure significant judgments in federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. Michael also drafts amicus briefs in important appellate cases, assisting organizations in having their voices heard on critical legal issues.

Before attending law school, Michael was an investment analyst at an asset-management firm that focused on investments in China. While there, he focused on evaluating the current operations and growth plans for numerous businesses, providing him a unique perspective when advising on business and finance disputes. Michael has assisted businesses and organizations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 public companies and major research institutions, defending their interests in contract disputes, trade-secret litigation and consumer disputes.




  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Award, 2018
  • Kansas Bar Association, 2018 Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, Rising Star, 2015-2022
  • Education Law Association, August Steinhilber Award for Outstanding Brief in Education Law, 2017
  • Missouri Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2014-2018


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • with high honors
    • Texas Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Order of the Coif
    • Supreme Court Clinic, 2011-2012
    • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, national semifinalist team, 2011
    • Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition, champion, 2010
  • B.S., University of Kansas
    • with distinction
    • Business
    • Frank T. Stockton Award
    • KU School of Business, top senior finance student


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Committee
    • Federal Courts Advocates Section
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, 2015-2016


The Hon. Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2012-2013

  • Successfully represented public university in briefing and oral argument before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to obtain reversal of denial of motion to dismiss on qualified immunity for university police officers.
  • Successfully represented hospice provider in False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) case before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, securing affirmance of full dismissal of all claims.
  • Successfully represented state representative in First Amendment case related to blocking on Twitter, briefing and presenting oral argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to secure reversal of the trial court's adverse ruling.
  • Successfully represented precision-agriculture company Farmobile in briefing and oral argument before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, securing affirmance of summary judgment on all counts in trade-secret dispute.
  • Successfully represented employee from large public university in lawsuit alleging several tort claims, obtaining grant of motion to dismiss all claims, and successfully defending that judgment in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.
  • Successfully represented large public university in obtaining reversal from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, on denial of qualified immunity to several university administrators on First Amendment retaliation claims.
  • Successfully represented large public university in Title IX lawsuit, obtaining summary judgment on all counts and securing full affirmance from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Successfully represented leading national insurance regulatory organization with regard to amicus briefing in the Supreme Court of the United States, at both the petition and merits stages, in Maine Community Health Options v. United States, dealing with health insurers' claims for outstanding Risk Corridor payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Successfully represented family of deceased Marine veteran pro bono in wrongful death action against U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), securing verdict for family following seven-day bench trial.
  • Successfully represented large national bank before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, securing affirmance of summary judgment on all counts.
  • Successfully represented hospital before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, to obtain affirmance of jury trial defense verdict on all counts in employment-termination dispute.
  • Authored amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the Council of the Great City Schools in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which was awarded the August Steinhilber Award for Outstanding Brief in Education Law from the Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Successfully represented private university in student-discipline lawsuit in federal district court, obtaining dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction.
Case Studies
Farmobile LLC

Farmobile secured a complete defense victory in enterprise-threatening trade secret litigation.

Legal Updates | September 16, 2018
Department of Education Close to Releasing Proposed Title IX Regulations

As several media outlets have reported and is being widely discussed on social media, the Department of Education (ED) appears to be in the final stages of issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Legal Updates | September 10, 2018
Court Gives Respondents Greater Process Protection In Sexual Assault Cases Turning On Credibility

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that the University of Michigan violated a male student’s right to procedural due process when it did not allow him to cross-examine his female accuser in a university sexual-misconduct hearing.  

News Releases | December 18, 2020
Husch Blackwell Elects 23 to 2021 Partnership Class

Women comprise 57 percent of the 2021 partnership class.

News Releases | August 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Scores Eighth Circuit Win for Farmobile in Trade Secret Dispute

The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

Media Mentions | September 20, 2019
Mizzou News: A Precedential Decision
News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Media Mentions | October 24, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly 2018 Up & Coming Pro Bono Honorees: Christina M. Pyle and Michael T. Raupp

Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp are profiled as Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 2018 Up & Coming Pro Bono honorees.

News Releases | September 13, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Names Three Husch Blackwell Associates to 2018 ‘Up & Coming' List

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has named Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp to its 2018 Up & Coming List.

Media Mentions | August 31, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Missouri Lawyers Media to honor 45 with Up & Coming Awards

Tanya Maerz, Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp are named 2018 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Media.

Media Mentions | July 03, 2018
Kansas City Star: Court Slaps VA With Damages After Finding It Liable In Suicide Of Kansas City Veteran

Husch Blackwell represented the family of a deceased U.S. serviceman in their lawsuit against the VA.

Community Leadership
  • Centurions Leadership Program, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2019
  • Kansas City Hospice, Young Ambassadors, 2016-2018; Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019
  • Operation Breakthrough, Leadership Council, 2012-present