Employee Spotlight

Michael Hering, Deputy Chief Counsel for MSA Payments

As the deputy chief counsel for MSA payments, Michael Hering assists the Settling States of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the provisions of the MSA relating to the payment obligations of the tobacco companies that are party to the MSA. In this role, he monitors the payments that tobacco companies are making to the states, and assists the states in enforcing against tobacco companies that fail to pay. He also collaborates with states on tobacco-related legislation, works with the Independent Auditor to the MSA, and serves as a liaison for federal agencies that focus on tobacco-related issues (e.g. the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, and others).

“I enjoy my job because there’s always something new, different and challenging to do. It’s also extremely rewarding to be working on one of the most important multistate agreements that has such a tremendous impact on public health,” Michael said.

He is no stranger to the inner-workings of an Attorney General Office or tobacco issues.

Prior to joining NAAG in 2002, Michael was an assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust division of the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General. During his time there, he began working on tobacco issues. He helped bring the action that resulted in the MSA. He also helped write, promulgate, and defend the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Regulations on tobacco products, which were intended to prevent access to tobacco by minors.

Michael is an avid cyclist and bikes to work the majority of most weeks. He’s logged thousands of miles cycling from California to Massachusetts. This New York native also enjoys hiking in his spare time. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and his J.D. from University of Virginia Law School.

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