Mr. Michels grew up in Osage, Iowa where he graduated from Osage High School in 2000. He then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa where he graduated, magna cum laude, in December 2003 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminology and Psychology. At UIU, Mr. Michels also achieved Academic All-American and Academic All-Conference honors in wrestling. Following his success at Upper Iowa University, Mr. Michels received his law degree from Drake University School of Law in 2007, earning special certificates in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. As part of his law school education, Mr. Michels also successfully completed the Neal & Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Law School, Clinic in Criminal Defense.