Professional Biography

Michael A. Sherling Associate



Michael Sherling counsels clients in technology transactions, communications, and privacy and data security law. Adept at understanding changing technology as well as client needs, Mike provides guidance to emerging and established technology companies on compliance with U.S. and international privacy, data security, and communications laws, regulations, industry best practices, and other consumer protection law matters. He has extensive experience assisting clients with novel privacy issues in the face of a changing legal landscape and industry norms, including questions regarding applicability of new privacy laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to advertising and market technology.

Mike drafts and negotiates a variety of commercial contracts and data protection agreements on behalf of major telecommunications and technology companies. He has experience representing clients in court and before arbitral tribunals. He has also dealt with matters involving unfair and deceptive practices, including advertising claims and practices, business opportunities, and financial practices.

Mike has firsthand experience clerking at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has also written on a variety of topics, including cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and network neutrality.

Professional Leadership

  • Consumer Protection Law Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section, Vice Chair

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member

Related Employment

  • Chambers of the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Annapolis, MD, Judicial Clerk, 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers of the Honorable Andrea M. Leahy, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Annapolis, MD, Judicial Clerk, 2014 - 2015
  • Office of Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk, 2014
  • Office of Chairman Julius Genachowski and Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division (PSHSB), Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk, 2013




Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2014, Senior Articles Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, 2007