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Michael Cannon is a member of the firm’s higher education team which works with institutions and their leadership to navigate the complex regulatory, federal enforcement, intellectual property, commercial and litigation challenges such institutions confront on a daily basis.

Michael served for more than 23 years as Executive Vice Chancellor & General Counsel of Washington University in St. Louis where he had ultimate responsibility for assuring compliance with all laws and regulations affecting education, health care and employment; closely managing university litigation in all areas, including licensing disputes, business torts, student claims, fair employment conflicts and probate matters; and providing counsel on a wide range of commercial transactions, such as clinical study contracts, technology licensing transactions, tax-exempt public financing, managed care contracts, and insurance arrangements. He was also deeply involved in developing and enforcing internal university policies relating to faculty compensation, Title IX controversies, sponsored research issues, scientific misconduct investigations and research conflict of interest matters. He possesses the unique, deep understanding of in-house legal and business objectives within an educational institution that major research universities and small colleges alike need most from the law firms entrusted with their matters.  In 2005, Michael co-founded the “TIC” Roundtable of General Counsel of 14 leading research universities, and has been a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys for 24 years.

Michael continues to serve as Professor of Practice at Washington University where he teaches an undergraduate course on legal conflict in the U.S., and where he previously taught courses in insurance law and liability insurance law at the Washington University School of Law.

Prior to his university tenure, Michael was a commercial litigation partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm, and a federal prosecutor of government corruption cases.