Michael J Polak

Michael is part of the education law team where he handles a wide array of legal issues in both general education and special education forums. He advises school systems on issues ranging from truancy hearings to employment disputes to funding conflicts, frequently dealing with the Department of Education, administrative agencies and local municipalities.

He has been involved in several of the firm’s RI Supreme Court decisions including the successful representation of a local school system in a matter that clarified the law surrounding non-renewal of an administrator.

A frequent speaker on topical education and special education issues of the day, Mike presented:

  • a program on truancy and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to school administrators, truant officers and special ed directors in August;
  • a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on the Access to Public Records Act at a program on local government law for attorneys in July; and
  • a program on the latest implications of foster care for school systems to the RI School Superintendents Assoc/RI Assoc of School Business Officials  (RISSA/RIASBO) at their Annual Legal Institute on  in October.

When firm clients are involved in appeals, Mike spearheads the appellate process from legal strategy to research and writing to presenting the oral argument in court. Over the years, Michael has handled Rhode Island and Massachusetts foreclosures and creditor’s side bankruptcy matters including all facets of the respective processes for the firm’s bank and mortgage servicing clients

Articles & Publications:

He Didn’t Mean To Do It: How the Law Treats Discipline for Students with Special Needs” (April 2018) BRCSM Insights

Bar Admissions:

Rhode Island
Federal Court for the District of Rhode Island
Federal Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of  Massachusetts


Articles Editor and Staff Member for Maine Law Review
Author, O’Donovan v. MacIntosh: Changing the Contours of Maine’s Easement Law, Published in Maine Law Review, Volume 52, Book II, 2000

Professional Affiliations:

Rhode Island Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association


University of Maine, School of Law, 2001

Boston College, 1998