Kyle Michel is a Columbia, SC, lawyer-lobbyist specializing in government policy and related law. His background is primarily in lobbying and providing guidance to clients at the South Carolina State House and in Washington, DC, which he has done for over 25 years. Mr. Michel also represents clients before local governments. He has considerable experience in budget, energy, environment, local government, and education issues, but also works in other areas including healthcare, criminal justice, water/sewer, and housing.
Mr. Michel is retained to represent clients at the South Carolina State House and to execute advocacy projects on their behalf. This work involves developing political and policy strategy, direct advocacy with government officials, drafting policy documents, and legislative drafting.
Mr. Michel is also retained to provide counsel on policy and political forecasting. This work involves monitoring policy and political developments and advising clients on likely outcomes that affect their interests. Mr. Michel’s work is explicitly bipartisan, focusing on advancing client goals.
Prior to forming Kyle Michel Law Firm in 2003, Mr. Michel was Vice President and General Counsel of Morgan Meguire, an energy and environment lobbying firm in Washington, DC. He founded the firm with a partner in 1998 and expanded it to a twelve-person practice before relocating to South Carolina. At Morgan Meguire, he lobbied on behalf of clients before Congress, the White House, and executive branch departments and agencies.
From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Michel practiced in Washington, DC, at Long, Aldridge & Norman, now part of the Dentons global law firm. He handled multiple government relations clients for senior partners in the firm, lobbying in Congress, in executive branch departments and agencies, and at the White House.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Michel worked for two years in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Assistant and one year in the White House as an advisor on personnel matters.
Mr. Michel is a member of the South Carolina and District of Columbia Bars. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. He graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He and his wife, Melanie, have four children and live in Columbia.