Mike is a partner with the firm’s Business & Technology team, where he served as Team Leader for over 10 years. He is also a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group, where he served as group leader for 5 years, and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group, the Emerging Growth and Technology group, and the Licensing practice group. Mike advises clients in business strategy and in corporate, securities, intellectual property and related tax issues in a full range of legal projects. These include mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, including angel and venture capital, licensing, strategic alliances, joint ventures and corporate partnering, equity compensation plans, manufacturing and distribution agreements, technology transactions, and start up business formation and structuring. Mike has represented companies in a variety of industries, including life science, healthcare, medical devices, information technology, software, hardware, internet, telecommunications and defense, as well as various retail, service, entertainment, real estate, and manufacturing industries. Mike has also represented US, European, Asian and Latin American companies in various outbound and inbound international transactions, including the establishment of subsidiaries in the United States and varying international jurisdictions.
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer - 2019
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
•San Diego Super Lawyers - 2007-2012 (Securities & Corporate Finance)
•“Top Lawyers,” San Diego Magazine, 2013 - 2018
•Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyers’ Magazine Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers - 2012-2015
•Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyers’ Magazine Top Lawyers in International Law/International Trade - 2012
•Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyers’ Magazine Top Rated Lawyers in Securities Law - 2013
•Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyers’ Magazine Top Rated Lawyers in Technology Law - 2013
•York, Tom. “Website Brings Accredited Investors, Startups Together,” San Diego Business Journal, November 4, 2013.
•Panelist. “Startup to Exit,” San Diego Startup Week Keiretsu Forum, San Diego, CA, June 17, 2015.
• Seed and Micro Seed Funding in the Valley, Silicon Valley, CA, December 8, 2014.
•“Raising Capital and Creative Financing,” CONNECT, La Jolla, CA, November 2014.
• Global Silicon Valley - Connect San Diego and the Innovation Environment and Venture Financing, LawExchange International Conference, San Diego, CA, September 12, 2014.
•“The Patent and Trademark Amendments Act (Bayh-Dole Act) and Open Science-On a Collision Course?” FreeMind Consulting Conference on Non-dilutive Funding during the Bio International Convention, San Diego, CA, June 23, 2014.
•Panel Moderator. “North America Meets Europe-Strategic Partnering and Commercialization,” European American Enterprise Council and CONNECT, San Diego, CA, June 22, 2014.
•“Crowdfunding: JOBS Act, Kickstarter and other Innovative Ways to Fund Your Startup and High Growth Company,” VC in the OC an OCTANe Signature Event, Irvine, CA, May 22, 2013.
Mike currently serves and has served on several boards of directors, executive committees, panels and other committees, including high-technology forums.
•CONNECT - Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Past Technology Financial Forum Advisory Committee, and Life Sciences Financial Forum Advisory Committee
•Junior Seau Foundation - Board of Directors, Executive Committee
•City of San Diego - Past Centre City Advisory Committee
•High Five America - Past Board of Directors
•LawExchange International - Past Chairman and Executive Committee Member
•San Diego Barristers Club - Past Board of Directors
•San Diego League - Past President, Past Board of Director
•San Diego Repertory Theatre - Past President of the Board of Trustees
•San Diego Software Industry Council - Past Investment Conference Advisory Committee