Born in 1919, J.D. Michael graduated Santa Clara University in the Class of 1943, and then joined the US Navy. After a tour in the Philippines Campaign, J.D. returned to Santa Clara University for Law School and graduated with the Class of 1948. He began his career as a licensed attorney practicing law in the courts of California and the Supreme Court. In 1969, after 20 years practicing law, J.D. founded Professional Apartment Management, Inc (PAM) and grew it into a company of over 350 employees and specialized in real estate development, property management, and construction. At the time of his retirement, J.D. had developed over 3,000 units of subsidized and non-subsidized multifamily housing, senior citizens housing facilities, convalescent hospitals, retirement and assisted living facilities.