Michael Worley specializes in appeals and other litigation endeavors focused on questions of law. His practice includes drafting petition-stage and merits-stage Supreme Court briefs, handling appeals in the federal circuits, and assisting clients in preparing for (or preventing) litigation.
Michael has represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, as well as the Fourth, Tenth, and Eleventh Courts of Appeal, federal district courts across the country, Utah's state courts, and the District of Columbia's Court of Appeals. In early 2018, the Tenth Circuit in Tabura v. Kellogg reversed a summary judgment order that had dismissed Michael's clients' Title VII claims. At the U.S. Supreme Court, Michael has drafted briefs concerning patent law, Title VII's religious accommodation provision, Indian law, the First Amendment, stare decisis, and other areas of law. One of his briefs regarding stare decisis was cited and quoted by Chief Justice Roberts in South Dakota v. Wayfair. Michael's practice includes clients across the political spectrum. Michael also teaches The Family & The Law as an adjunct professor in the School of Family Life at BYU and also helps with BYU Law School's Supreme Court Clinic and religious freedom courses.
Prior to beginning work at what was then Schaerr | Duncan in February 2016, Michael had a fellowship at the Utah Supreme Court with Justice Christine Durham. Prior to that, he worked for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. He received his B.S./B.A. in Economics and Math and his J.D. from Brigham Young University. He has articles in or forthcoming in the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.
- Brigham Young University (J.D.)
- Brigham Young University (B.S./B.A.)
- Utah Supreme Court
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Fourth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal
- District of Columbia