Mr. Middleton grew up in the public housing of Cherry Hill until the sixth grade when his family moved to West Baltimore. He attended Baltimore City Public schools, received his B.A. in Social Science from Coppin State University in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976.
Mr. Middleton practiced poverty law with the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where he served as staff attorney, specializing in housing law; Chief Attorney and Deputy Director of the statewide program. In 1980, Michael returned to Cherry Hill as Chief Attorney of the Cherry Hill Neighborhood Law Center.
From 1985- 1990, he served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from there he went into private practice. In 2008, Mr. Middleton became a consultant to the Cherry Hill Development Corporation and started his present duties with the Cherry Hill Community Coalition.
In addition to previously serving as the Executive Director of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation and President/Chair of SB7, Mr. Middleton also served as Chairman of Cherry Hill Community Coalition, an umbrella association of community groups, organization's and residents in the Cherry Hill community that is responsible for monitoring and the implementation of the Cherry Hill Master Plan.