Mike Lavender was born and raised in Athens, Georgia.  After attending the University of Georgia and completing his undergraduate degree at Liberty University, he received his JD from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.  He has studied European Human Rights Law and Russian Law at the University of London.  

Mr. Lavender practiced law in Georgia for 10 years primarily in the areas of corporate law, nonprofit law and real estate law.  While practicing law, he was recognized as a future leader by the Georgia Bar Association and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyer in the area of Nonprofit Organizations.

Mr. Lavender serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties.  Mr. Lavender serves as a site team member for the American Bar Association and is a frequent speaker on undergraduate legal education.