Mr. Michael Poterala

Mr. Michael Poterala

Mr. Michael Poterala

Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Mike Poterala serves as an adviser and counselor to President Darryll J. Pines and other university officials on strategic, legal, policy and risk management issues. He leads a team of nine attorneys in the Office of General Counsel and manages the university’s outside counsel. Poterala is a member of the Athletics Council and chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance General Counsel group. Since 2015, he has served as a board member for the College Park Academy, a public charter school supported by the university for the benefit of Prince George’s County residents. Poterala previously served in senior legal and administrative positions at North Carolina State University and Michigan State University. He began his legal career in private practice in the Detroit area, where he served most notably as the Michigan general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America. Poterala is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he obtained degrees in finance and law.

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