THE IRONFIST® TEAM

Team

The IRONFIST® team has gotten thousands of families out of abusive contracts in other industries over the last two decades. We have now extrapolated the model to streamline the attorney-based service and work with student loans, where we saw the greatest pain.
Mike Cantrell

Mike Cantrell

Chief Executive

Mike Cantrell, is the visionary founder of IRONFIST Legal®, a respected consumer rights advocate, and an accomplished social entrepreneur with a passion for social justice. With a deep commitment to helping others, Mike has built a career around canceling abusive contracts and promoting fair practices in a range of industries.


As a seasoned business owner, documentarian, and advocate, Mike has leveraged his diverse experience to raise awareness, build audiences, and foster partnerships that drive positive change. He is known for his unwavering dedication to his clients, and for his ability to challenge the status quo and shape the direction of consumer protection in unfair lending practices.
Mike is an early pioneer in contract cancellation consumer advocacy. 


He’s founded successful companies that have canceled thousands of abusive contracts and helped clients regain their peace of mind. With IRONFIST Legal®, he continues to lead the charge in timeshare contract cancellation, fighting for the rights of beleaguered timeshare owners and exposing predatory practices in the industry.


With Mike at the helm, IRONFIST Legal® has become a beacon of hope for those who have been trapped in unfair contracts. His vision, leadership, and commitment to social entrepreneurship have paved the way for a brighter, more equitable future for consumers everywhere.

Mira Michel

Mira Michel

Client Specialist

Mira is a driven leader with a proven track record of success in operations and team management across multiple industries, including independent film, travel, and beauty. As a graduate of an Ivy League university, Mira is passionate about the power of education to create positive outcomes and drive meaningful change in society. She is committed to empowering students to make informed decisions about their education and advocating for fair treatment in the education industry. Mira’s values of social justice and consumer rights are evident in her work, where she has consistently championed the rights of individuals and fought against unfair practices.

Ryan Jones

Chief Technology

Ryan Jones is Agile Professional and Computer Science graduate from Ohio University, Ryan has 20 years of experience delivering business value with technology and software solutions. Ryan has a passion for creating social-impact businesses and organizations that leverage technology to drive positive change. As the Chief Technology Officer, Ryan plays a critical role in advancing the technological capabilities of our organization and delivering best-in-class experience to our clients.

John Lay

John Lay

Systems Manager

Meet John Lay, our skilled Systems Manager with over 15 years of experience developing front and back-end web platforms, databases, mobile apps, and custom programming. John has a passion for creating custom branded designs, responsive coding, user interface testing, and implementing applicable interactive online training. John ensures that our clients receive top-notch technology services at IRONFIST Legal. In addition, he leads the company in its day-to-day IT operations, ensuring smooth and efficient systems that keep our organization moving forward.

Joey Western

Joey Western

Business Development

Meet Joey, a senior consultant at IRONFIST Legal who brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the table. With a successful career in commercial real estate and the home improvement industry, Joey has spent years navigating complex business landscapes and working with diverse clients. He is a consummate professional with a passion for helping consumers, and his deep understanding of these industries gives him a unique perspective on how to achieve our clients’ goals. As a devoted husband and father, Joey knows the importance of building relationships and delivering results. At IRONFIST Legal, he puts his skills to work every day to provide top-notch service to our clients.

Abbie McIlyar

Administrative Assistant

Abbie McIlyar is a marketing and client specialist with IRONFIST Legal. Abbie’s career started in logistics, working with a regional moving & storage company and later with a national partner of UPS. She has over 15 years of experience in client relations. Abbie’s passionate about fighting for consumer rights and advocating for IRONFIST’s clients.

Abbie McIlyar

administrative assistant

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