Office of the President
Portrait of Michael Poterala

Michael Poterala

Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel


Mike Poterala serves as an advisor and counselor to President Darryll J. Pines and to 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. Mike is a member of the Athletics Council and chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance General Counsel group. Since 2015, Mike has served as a board member of the College Park Academy, a public charter school supported by the university for the benefit of Prince Georges County residents.

Mike previously served in senior legal and administrative positions at North Carolina State and Michigan State. 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. Mike is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he obtained degrees in law and in finance.

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