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Michael J. III
Fairport: May 7, 2014. He was born on July 7, 1954 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Chevy Chase, MD. He was a 1972 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School where he was a star debator. He received a BA Degree with high honors in economics from the University of Virginia in 1976 and a J.D. Degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1979.
Michael began his legal career as an Associate at Hughes, Hubbart and Reed where he specialized in Litigation and Antitrust Law.
He later specialized in Telecommunications Law and was a part of the legal and regulatory teams at Bell Atlantic, Frontier (formerly Rochester Telephone), Global Crossing Telecommunications and most recently Level 3 Communications. During his distinguished
career he argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and 9th Circuits, the NY Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court and numerous trial courts, and participated in 2 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael was known for his incredible work ethic, sense of humor and love of cats.
In recent years he enjoyed being part of the Fleet Feet Rochester Running Team and earned the "26.2" sticker displayed on the back windshield of his car. He was active in the Church of the Assumption in Fairport, NY.
Michael passed peacefully surrounded by family after his battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving family, brother, Brian (Kathleen) of Chevy Chase, MD; niece, Christine Shortley Villani (Jeffrey) of San Diego, CA; aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as his extended family of telecommunications and running friends.
Friends may call Monday 10:15AM-11AM at the Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport, where a Mass will take place at 11:15AM. Interment at the Church of the Assumption will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Church of the Assumption.
Richard Keenan Funeral Home
7501 Pittsford-Palmyra Road Fairport, NY 14450
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from May 10 to May 11, 2014