J. Michael Hannon founded HANNON LAW GROUP in May of 2006 to expand the range of legal resources available to his clients. He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, litigating cases in the areas of professional liability, criminal conduct, serious personal injury, business disputes, estate disputes, and employment.
Michael began his legal career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1981 to 1988, investigating and prosecuting violent and white collar offenders. He was promoted to the Special Prosecutions Section where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of racketeering, international fraud, and terrorism. From 1972 to 1980, he was a high school English teacher and swimming coach in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Before founding HANNON LAW GROUP, Michael was a Partner with Thompson O'Donnell, LLP, for 18 years. During that time, he argued the first appeal before the United States Supreme Court from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in October of 1994. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of his veteran client, overturning a 70-year practice by the Department of Veterans Affairs denying compensation to medically injured veterans.
In 2005, Michael was selected to the Panel of Counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police Legal Plan. Through that plan and otherwise, Michael represents local and federal law enforcement officers in defense of employment actions, civil lawsuits, and criminal investigations. Michael is a member of the American Foreign Service Officers Association select Panel of Counsel. He represents Foreign Service Officers in a host of matters both domestic and international in scope, and occasionally contributes to the Foreign Service Journal.