Michael was born in Beaumont, Texas to Bernie and Sarah Packard. He is the 11th of 13 siblings, and at a young age, Michael had to learn how to keep up with those who were older, bigger, and more experienced. Looking back, Michael can still remember the days when his father, who was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in college, would mow a circle in the grass and the two would spend hours sparring and running conditioning drills together. One day, when Michael wanted to quit early, his dad told him, “In our family, we do hard things. We find a way to get the job done. Michael, never forget, you are a finisher.”
Throughout his life, Michael has learned what it truly means to be a finisher. The summer after his sophomore year on the varsity football team, Michael sustained a devastating fall that shattered not only his ankle, but also his dreams, when he heard the orthopedic surgeon say, “Football? Oh, that’s no longer in your future. I’m worried about you just being able to run!” Michael spent his Junior year in intensive rehab, and returned to the field (without a backup) his Senior year. He not only played again, but he won the award for being the strongest athlete in the school.
Michael continued to prove himself a finisher by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout,becoming fluent in Spanish, and serving a two year mission in Peru. He went to college at Brigham Young University and graduated with a B.A. in European Studies. While in college, he and his brother, Samuel Packard, vowed to someday practice law together.
With this goal in mind, he enrolled at J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. After graduating, he began his legal career at the District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor. Somehow through all of this, he found the
love of his life. He and AmyLyn Soelberg were married on Valentine's Day, 2004 and now have 5 children together.
Area of Practice
Social Security Disability Law
- Licensed to practice law in all Texas courts (2008)
- B.S. from Brigham Young University (2004)
- J.D. from J. Reuben Clark School of Law (2008)