Founding Partner, Ning, Lilly & Jones
Michael graduated with honors from McGeorge in 1974. He served as Hawai`i's Attorney General and First Deputy Attorney General (1981-85). In private practice, he won the largest wrongful termination jury verdict in State history ($2.1 Million). He also won Hawai'i Supreme Court cases on wrongful termination, the right to campaign for political office, land reform and open government. After protracted litigation, he obtained an exemption for guide dogs from Hawai'i's 4-month animal quarantine, for which he was awarded several national and Hawai`i disability rights awards.
Michael is a Founding Director of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. which relocated the Battleship to Pearl Harbor as a memorial and tourist attraction. He is a Vietnam War combat veteran. Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals. He retired as a Naval Reserve Captain after 30 years of service, including five commands. He is married to the former Cindy Walter, a nationally renowned author and lecturer in the quilting field, and has four children. He is a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Ning, Lilly & Jones where he focuses on commercial and personal injury litigation.