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Michael Lewis Van Cise

Michael Lewis Van Cise

also known as Michael L. Van Cise

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate

Michael Van Cise

About Me

Hometown & Education

I was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up in Rome, Georgia. I attended Darlington School, a private day/boarding school located in Rome. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, graduating summa cum laude, with a B.A. in History. I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.



I have one sister , Paige, and a half-brother, Kevin. My mother is the director of student support services at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. My father is a physician.


Outside of Work; Hobbies & Interests

I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music, and being outside.


I participate in a monthly science fiction book club which has caused me to read more and read books outside of the genre of books I would typically select. Recent selections from the book club include Brave New World, Life of Pi, The Sparrow, Children of God, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories and poems Fragile Things, and Christopher Moore's Lamb.

Listening to Music & Radio

I am a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and have seen him in concert in London and twice in Atlanta (I realize that many "real" fans have seen him scores of times). I also enjoy classic rock bands such as Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Police.

I also enjoy listening to NPR on my drive to and from work and also try to listen on Saturday mornings because I find Car Talk hilarious and enjoy The Splendid Table as well as Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

Volunteering & Pro Bono Work

I attended Darlington School, a private day-boarding school in Rome, Georgia and worked as a professional in the development office of the school after graduating from college. Since finishing law school, I have volunteered for Darlington. At present, I serve on the Alumni Council, the Atlanta Campaign Cabinet for the current capital campaign, as a volunteer with phonathons, as co-class agent for the class of 1997, and as the alumni chair of the 2010-2011 Annual Fund.

Personal Blog

I have a personal blog at where I publish recipes, book reviews, and other things of interest to me.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Estate Planning: 90%
    5 years
  2. Probate: 10%
    5 years

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

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    I sought the counsel of Mr. Van Cise on a complex estate planning matter involving the drafting of a pass-through trust for the management of an individual retirement account to gain maximum tax deferral while meeting my client's goals for restricting/allowing access to the corpus during the life of the beneficiary. I found Mr. Van Cise competent and his suggestions were offered in a manner one would expect from a professional. I offer my recommendation of Mr. Van Cise with confidence.


    Justin Franklin Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Tanner Woods Pittman

    Michael Van Cise is one of the most dedicated and intelligent lawyers it has been my pleasure to work with. Because I know he specializes in estate planning, I have frequently asked Michael’s advice regarding will and trust matters. Most recently, I asked him to help me understand the intricacies of a credit-shelter trust, a complex estate planning tool. Michael’s assistance not only went well beyond what most attorneys will give in free advice but also demonstrated a command of his subject that places him among the finest lawyers in his field. Though an attorney myself, I will look first to Michael when and if I need personal representation in complex estate planning. No attorney’s fee can adequately capture the security of knowing one’s estate and tax matters are handled right the first time. It is a rare pleasure to be able to say that an attorney can instill such confidence in a client, but I can definitely say so about Michael Van Cise.


    Tanner Pittman Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP

171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA, 30363-1031


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200605/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Order of the CoifUniversity of Georgia School of Law2006
Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardMercer University2001
Faculty Medal of General ExcellenceDarlington School1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawArnall Golden Gregory2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyScroggin & Co., P.C.2006 - 2010
Summer AssociateGearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott2005 - 2005
Summer AssociateFortson, Bentley & Griffin2004 - 2004
Alumni Gifts OfficerDarlington School2001 - 2003
Financial ConsultantWachovia Securities2001 - 2001

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Darlington School Alumni CouncilMember2007 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2006 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re: Estate of A. M. [name abbreviated for confidentiality]This matter settled out-of-court.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of Intellectual Property LawThe Georgia Open Records Law Electronic Signature Exception: The Intersection of Privacy, Technology, and Open Records2005

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of GeorgiaN/Alaw2006
Mercer UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Darlington SchoolN/AN/A1997