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Michael Shafer was born in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He followed this up by graduating from Harvard Law School in 2019, where he concentrated his studies on intellectual property, privacy, and cyber issues.

In law school, Michael worked as an intern for the Berkman Klein Center Cyberlaw Clinic as well as the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic. Through these programs, Michael worked on such diverse matters as representing an artist accused of copyright infringement and assisting... the Grinnell College Ombudsman office in assessing its conflict resolution capabilities on campus.

In his spare time, Michael practices his drawing and gaming skills. He also takes every available opportunity to see the many bands that come through Richmond, Virginia.


  • Harvard Law School - JD
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - B.A. in English


  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Florida State Courts
  • Virginia State Courts

Outside of Work

  • Drawing
  • Competitive gaming
  • Craft beer
  • Live music

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