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Michael is a partner in Reed Smith's Global Corporate Group and the former chair of our Global M&A Team. He focuses his practice on acting as corporate counsel to businesses and investors. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, complex joint ventures, recapitalizations and restructurings, licensing transactions and general corporate counseling. Michael's practice covers a wide range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, food and beverage, telecommunications, and IT/software. He also applies his technical background (including a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University) in the representation of technology companies in intellectual property/information technology agreements. Michael currently acts as outside general counsel to numerous companies.

Michael is a former member of the firm’s executive committee.


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1998, J.D., high honors, Order of the Coif; Staff Member, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Stanford University, 1991, Dr. jur., Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Washington, 1984, M.S., Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Washington, 1983, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

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