Michael Aniton joined the Columbia Association as General Counsel in November of 2021, and provides legal advice on issues including governance, contracts, real estate transactions, land use, labor and employment, compliance, and investigations. Prior to joining the Columbia Association, Michael served within the District of Columbia government for 10 years.

During his tenure with the District of Columbia government, Michael served as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings where he presided over unemployment cases, General Counsel for the District of Columbia State Athletic Commission where he advised on issues including governance, compliance, enforcement, and administrative law, Attorney Advisor for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education where he advised on matters including governance, compliance, licensing, enforcement, and administrative law, and as a criminal prosecutor for the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, Public Safety Division.

Before working for the District of Columbia government, Michael served on active duty, as a Judge Advocate, for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. As a Judge Advocate, Michael served as a criminal prosecutor at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan and as an appellate attorney at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Michael continues to serve as a Judge Advocate and Civil Affairs officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Michael has been an adjunct professor at the American University – Washington College of Law
since January 2019.

Michael received his Juris Doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law and his
Bachelor of Arts from Furman University.