Michael W. Miles is an Associate Investment Manager and Legal Counsel in Omni Bridgeway‘s Houston office, where he conducts due diligence on potential investments and provides advice to Omni Bridgeway on matters of US law. Mike obtained his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded as an Outstanding Clinical Student for his work with the mediation clinic. While at Columbia, he externed for the Hon. Carol Bagley Amon at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mike received his B.A. in History from Brandeis University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta – History Honor Society.
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