Michael was born and raised in South Africa and relocated to South Florida in 1993. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1979 with an undergraduate degree in business and a major in accounting, minor in economics, he then went on to graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984 with a Bachelors in Law and successfully completed the Bar examination in 1985. He then practiced law with Werksmans Attorneys, a preimminent law firm in South Africa as an associate from 1985 to 1987. Thereafter, he worked for the trading division of Investec Bank Property Group as head of the department in commercial and industrial property trading. Michael also served in the South African military for two years and was honorably discharged in 1989 with rank of a full corporal.
Michael now works along side his wife, Lisa Civin, selling real estate and owns and operates Lbu Lighting in West Palm Beach Fl, a successful Lighting Showroom business. They have three grown children, 2 dogs and focus their efforts on closing real estate deals by always putting the interests of their clients first above all other considerations.