After law school, Michael Waterstone clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, then worked as an associate in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson for three years. From 2003-2006, Waterstone taught at the University of Mississippi Law School. He joined Loyola's faculty in the fall of 2006.
Waterstone is a nationally-recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. He is one of the co-authors of a leading casebook on disability law and his recent articles are in the Harvard Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, amongst others. He is an associated colleague with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, an affiliated researcher with the Burton Blatt Institute, and has consulted on projects with the Human European Consultancy, the National Council on Disability, the World Bank, and the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped.
In 2012, Professor Waterstone received a grant from the Japan Foundation to work on shared understandings of US and Japanese Disability Law. He was also elected to ALI in 2012.