Pilot and all-around aviation enthusiast, Michael Sprague, L’11, found legal work in a field that he is passionate about. As the Associate General Counsel for HAECO Americas, Sprague is able to put his legal skills to work while immersing himself in an area of law that truly interests him.
“The most exciting thing for me about working for HAECO Americas is being involved in a field that I’m passionate about. From HAECO’s corporate offices in Hangar 1 of our facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, I can walk across the hall and down the stairs and find myself standing underneath a Boeing airliner undergoing a heavy maintenance visit,” Sprague said. “It’s inspiring to see these magnificent aircraft up close and to observe the hard work and dedication that goes into maintaining them. HAECO’s team of aviation professionals keeps our customers’ aircraft operating safely and efficiently, flight after flight, and I’m proud to be a small part of that.”
HAECO Americas provides and array of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services and sell aerospace manufactured products to commercial, private, government and military costumers across the globe.
“My primary responsibilities are drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts with customers, vendors and suppliers,” Sprague said. “I also provide counsel on employment and other legal and business matters.”
While in law school, Sprague was the Articles Editor of the Elon Law Review and a recipient of a merit-based scholarship. He worked as a volunteer intern for the Honorable Lindsay R. Davis, a judge in the North Carolina Superior Court, and as volunteer intern for Legal Aid of North Carolina in Greensboro. Sprague also worked as clerk with Younce & Moore, LLP in Greensboro, where he drafted pleadings, memoranda and discovery responses for business and air disaster litigation.
Sprague is the author of, “Who May Carry Out Protective Deterrence?” 54 The Philosophical Quarterly 445 (2004) and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Florida State University where he earned his bachelors and masters degree, respectively.
Sprague advises students to engage in extracurricular activities and use them as opportunities to showcase their abilities.
“The most important thing, in my opinion, is to get involved in as many activities as you can – student associations, internships, externships, community service groups, the preceptor program – and to take everything you get involved with seriously,” Sprague said. “You never know who’s watching or where your first real job opportunity will come from, so approach each project like it is your job.”