Michael Hoversten, J.D., LL.M.

Michael Hoversten portrait

Michael Hoversten, J.D., LL.M.

Space Operations

Biographical Information

Mr. Hoversten has more than fourteen years’ experience advising top level government officials in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Air Force on myriad international law issues including air and space law, telecommunications law, cyber law, intelligence oversight law, treaties and international agreements, arms control, and the law of armed conflict. In his current position, Mr. Hoversten is responsible for providing legal advice to commanders and government officials on all space, cyberspace, international and operations law issues affecting Air Force Space Command. He is also responsible for the oversight and development, maintenance, and execution of the space law and policy courses taught at the Air Force Advanced Space Operations School and the Air Force National Security Space Institute. Mr. Hoversten served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years as a B-52 Defense Aerial Gunner and Judge Advocate including assignments as a military prosecutor and defense counsel; Chief of Air and Space Law at Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Associate Deputy General Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense; and as Chief Counsel (Staff Judge Advocate) at three different Air Force wing legal offices. Mr. Hoversten received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1993 and a Master of Laws degree in international air and space law from McGill University in 2000. Mr. Hoversten is an adjunct professor of international space law and policy at the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, and at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Areas of Interest

  • Space Law
  • Cyber Law
  • International Law


  • Master of Laws, International Air and Space Law
    McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law
  • Juris Doctor
    University of Mississippi School of Law
  • B.S., Management
    Park College


  • Instructor and Course Director, Advanced Space Operations School, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
  • Adjunct Professor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Courses Taught

  • Space Policy


  • Member of Georgia Bar in Good Standing  

Professional Experience

  • Chief Counsel for Space, Cyberspace and International Law, Headquarters Air Force Space Command
  • Chief Counsel, 21st Space Wing, U.S. Air Force
  • Chief Counsel, 50th Space Wing, U.S. Air Force
  • Chief Counsel, 70th Intelligence Wing, U.S. Air Force
  • Chief Counsel for Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air force, Operations Law Division
  • Associate Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs), U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the General Counsel


  • Georgia Bar in Good


  • Nicholas M. Matte Prize (McGill University)
  • American Jurisprudence Award – Criminal Law
  • Moot Court Board Director, Appellate Division