Working with you, not just for you.

I appeared for my first hearing less than a week after I became licensed, and quickly realized that I love the courtroom. But most of my efforts are put into writing, where I have discovered that my philosophy background is a valuable asset. “Creative legal solutions”—our motto—means that we focus on the client’s desires and how to effectively and efficiently achieve those goals. I pride myself on taking the time to learn what my clients really want to accomplish and explore all avenues to achieve those results.

Most people only call an attorney when they are on the verge of a lawsuit, or are already embroiled in one. In these situations, my options are limited. Those situations are not completely unavoidable, of course, and we at Rubric relish a good battle. Whenever possible, I emphasize the value of avoiding the problem in the first place and staying out of court.

Within the legal field, my passions include working with small businesses on all their challenges and representing employees in disputes with their employers. I also practice in the family law arena, with an emphasis in child support modifications.

When I am not working, you will probably find me with my wife, Delaine, and child, Charlie. I spend all the time I can outdoors – running,  golfing, watching a Twins game, kayaking, camping, or fly fishing. My wife and I love working in our garden and spoiling our two dogs, Olive and Molly.

Michael’s C.V.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Rubric Legal LLC
  • Owner, Snyder Gislason Frasier LLC
  • Associate, Bock & Battina, LLP
  • Law Clerk, Court of Common Pleas, Judge Rayford A. Means, Philadelphia, PA


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2007
  • Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ, 2005
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Bachelor of Arts, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court–District of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Arts & Entertainment Law Section of the MSBA
  • Solo Small Firm Section of the MSBA


  • Contributing Author, Advising Minnesota Corporations and Other Business Organizations (1st ed. 2010)