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Michael Duane Cross Jr.

Michael Duane Cross Jr.

also known as Michael Cross, Michael D. Cross, Jr.

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About Me


Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, Alpharetta, Georgia (formerly Briskin & Associates, L.C.)


Attorney.  Assist clients in matters involving business law (incl. general corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law, employment law, securities, partnership and LLC law, and commercial litigation), commercial real estate (incl. commercial lease preparation and negotiation, sales, and acquisitions), and non-profit corporations (incl. the formation of and application for tax-exempt status for charitable organizations, private foundations, trade associations, and other non-profit organizations).  May 1999 to present.


Reinhardt College, McCamish School of Business, Waleska & Alpharetta, Georgia


Adjunct Professor.  Teach courses for business, communication and organizational leadership students, including Business Law and Ethics, Media Law, and Entrepreneurial Law.  January 2001 to present.


Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta, Georgia


Member, Board of Directors.  Advise regarding goals and activities of the GNFCC, assist in recruiting members for the GNFCC, and communicate issues of concern to the constituents of the GNFCC to elected officials.  October 2006 to present.


400 Technology Connection, Alpharetta, Georgia


Founder, Steering Committee Member.  Member of seven-member committee that conceived, planned, and implemented the 400 Technology Connection in coordination with Microsoft Corp.  June 2004 to present.


Alpharetta Economic Development Authority, Alpharetta, Georgia


Director & Officer.  Appointed by the Alpharetta City Council to the authority charged with promoting economic development in the City of Alpharetta.  January 2007 to present.


Alpharetta Downtown Development Authority, Alpharetta, Georgia


Director.  Appointed by the Alpharetta City Council to the authority charged with promoting economic development  in the downtown area of the City of Alpharetta.  May 2007 to present.


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Practice Areas


  1. Business: 20%
    15 years, 500 cases
  2. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 20%
    15 years, 500 cases
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    15 years, 500 cases
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($295/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Byron M.G. Sanford

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Michael for over six years. He is a consummate professional with a deep insight into the law and the ability to find creative solutions to meet his clients' needs.


    Byron Sanford Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael gives incredible personal service, and offers his expertise to every client that I refer. Michael is professional and an expert in his field.


    Laura Schilling Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC

1001 Cambridge Square, Suite D
Alpharetta, GA, 30009-1840


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200009/08/2015
INActive In Good Standing200008/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising StarsLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Finalist, Small Business Person of the YearGreater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce2010
Robert Fuller Access to Justice AwardGeorgia Lawyers for the Arts2008
Founding Father AwardAlpharetta Public Safety Foundation2008
Harry Rucker Volunteer of the Year AwardGreater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Director, General Counsel, and Corporate SecretaryAlpharetta Public Safety Foundation, Inc.2006 - Present
ChairmanAlpharetta Development Authority2006 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorReinhardt University2001 - Present
Legal InternOffice of the State Attorney General1999 - 1999
Legal InternOffice of State Administrative Hearings1998 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Tax CourtMember2009 - Present
Alpharetta Public Safety FoundationOfficer & Member, Board of Directors2006 - Present
Alpharetta Downtown Development AuthorityOfficer & Member, Board of Directors2005 - Present
Alpharetta Development AuthorityOfficer and Member, Board of Directors2005 - Present
400 Technology ConnectionFounder & Member, Steering Committee2004 - 2009
Advisory Council, Congressman Tom PriceAdvisory Board2004 - Present
Reinhardt College, North Fulton CenterMember, Advisory Board2003 - Present
Greater North Fulton Chamber of CommerceMember, Board of Directors / Chairman's Circle Member2001 - Present
Indiana State BarMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2000 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Accurate Printers, Inc. v. Kenneth StarkAppeal granted.
Choice Capital Funding v Patrick SutherlandObtained $54,979.96 judgment for client.
Saiven Info Links, Inc. v. Silicon Strategic Solutions, Inc.Obtained judgement for client.
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Accounting 101 for AttorneysEthics for Tax Professionals2010
Drafting LLC AgreementsDrafting LLC Agreements2010
Drafting Buy-Sell AgreementsDrafting Buy-Sell Agreements2010
LLC or Inc.? Entity Selection for Small to Medium Sized BusinessEthical Considerations2010
Mergers & Acquisitions: Nuts & BoltsEthics in M&A2010
Series LLCs and Tax IssuesSeries LLCs and Tax Issues2009
Limited Liability CompaniesIntroduction to LLCs; Taxation of LLCs2009
Limited Liability Companies (NBI: 2008)Introduction to LLCs; Taxation2008
Purchasing a Franchise: Questions for FranchiseesPurchasing a Franchise: Questions for Franchisees2008
Taxaton of LLCs and LLPsBasic Tax Techniques2008
Is Your Independent Contractor Really a W-2 Employee?Is Your Independent Contractor Really a W-2 Employee?2007
Buying a FranchiseBuying a Franchise2007
Contracts: Getting the Deal You Think You're GettingContracts: Getting the Deal You Think You're Getting2006
Forming a Charitable OrganizationForming a Charitable Organization2006
Employment Law OverviewEmployment Law Overview2005
Starting a Business with a PartnerStarting a Business with a Partner2003
Buy/Sell ProvisionsBuy/Sell Provisions2003
Choice of Business EntityChoice of Business Entity (Part I)2003
Choice of Business EntityChoice of Business Entity (Part II)2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2007
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Chief Justice's Commission on ProfessionalismProfessionalism2011
Mergers & Acquisitions: Nuts and BoltsMergers & Acquisitions2010
LLC or Inc.? Entity Selection for Small to Medium Sized BusinessEntity Selection2010
Liquidations and Dissolutions: Critical Tax ImplicationsLiquidations and Dissolutions2010
Limited Liability CompaniesLimited Liability Companies2010
Drafting LLC Agreements: Essential Skills and Hands-On TrainingFoundational Drafting Knowledge; Ethics2010
Accounting 101 for AttorneysAccounting & Tax2010
Series LLCs and Tax IssuesSeries LLC and Partnership/LLC Tax Issues2009
Limited Liability CompaniesLLC Law and Taxation2009
Taxation of LLCs and LLPsTaxation2008
Limited Liability CompaniesLLC Law and Taxation2008
Your Guide to Georgia LLCsLimited Liability Companies2007
Trends & Developments in LLCsLimited Liability Companies2007
Is an LLC Right for You?Limited Liability Companies2006