Mike’s primary areas of specialty are residential real estate, along with estate planning and probate law. In addition, Mike has an active transactional practice involving the formation of limited liability companies, corporations and other entities.
He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Lumpkin School of Law at the University of Georgia in Athens, and an undergraduate degree in English also from the University of Georgia. Professional memberships include State Bar of Georgia, Valdosta Bar Association, Southern Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Mike is equally active in the community – his current and past positions include: University of Georgia Alumni Society, 2nd District Vice President; Valdosta Bar Association, President; Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission, Board of Directors; Kiwanis Club of Azalea City, President, Lt. Governor and State Committee Chairman; Valwood School, Member of Board of Trustees and Chairman; Synovus/First State Bank & Trust, Chairman of the Board of Directors; The Langdale Company Advisory Board; Lowndes-Valdosta Historical Society; Valdosta Heritage Foundation, Board Member and President; Preservation Commission, Chairman; Theatre Guild Valdosta Foundation, Director; Brookwood North Neighborhood Association, President; Member of University of Georgia’ s President’s Club; University of Georgia Parents and Family Council; Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors; and Valdosta Country Club.
Mike is an active member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church at Valdosta, where he has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Martha have one daughter, Susanna Harris, a graduate of the University of Georgia, who serves as Director of Development at Valwood School. His personal pursuits include travel, reading, history, architecture, historic preservation, performing arts and gardening.