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Michael Duane Cross Jr.

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Alpharetta, GA

5.0   4 reviews

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

  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 23 years
    Indiana - IN 23 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2000
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2000
    Suspended No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    Form corporations, draft shareholder agreements, corporate resolutions, ESOP plans, stock option agreements, asset purchase and sale agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. Advise regarding various corporate matters.

    24 years, 750 cases

  2. Business
    Corporate Law Mergers & Acquisitions Partnership and LLC Law Technology Franchise Law Employment Law Restrictive Covenants Commercial Real Estate Non-Profit Organizations

    24 years, 500 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Draft, review, revise, and negotiate contracts, including employment agreements, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, buy/sell agreements, joint venture agreements, etc.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    Form LLCs, draft operating agreements agreements, LLC resolutions, and asset purchase and sale agreements. Advise regarding various LLC matters.

    24 years, 500 cases

  5. Franchising
    Assist franchisors and franchisees in establishing franchise relationships, protecting intellectual property, and addressing various other business-related legal issues.

    24 years, 75 cases

  6. Tax
    (1) Assist entrepreneurs and those who buy and sell businesses in how to structure companies and transactions to minimize tax liability. (2) Advise and form tax-exempt, non-profit organizations. (3) Assist taxpayers in tax litigation and controversy with the IRS.

    23 years, 100 cases


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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Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC
1001 Cambridge Square, Suite D
Alpharetta, GA, 30009-1840

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Posted by 3a. (Alvaro Arauz) | February 14, 2011
I rely on Michael Cross for his legal expertise & you should feel confident doing the same.
Michael Cross is a proven trusted advisor. His experience ranges from community leadership and current legal topics to a balanced perspective blending corporate and tax knowledge with admirable character. Michael is the consummate professional: the rare blend of excellent legal skills, a high degree of business acumen, and a keen ability to execute. He has a great combination of expertise gained through his experiences as a partner of Briskin Cross & Sanford as well as his and superb involvement in Atlanta's communities as a speaker, teacher and councilman. I have relied on Michael Cross for over a decade with my entrepreneurial and real estate agreements and you should feel confident doing the same.
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Posted by David | September 19, 2009
Great Advisor
Michael has represented my firm for seven years and I highly recommend him. He and his firm have helped us with business formation, legal contracts, business agreements, trademarks, confidentialy agreements, operations agreements and recently litigation. One of the reasons I highly recommend Michael is that he has actively helped us make good business decisions. Whenever I have a potential legal situation I have learned to call Michael before I act. He always helps take the emotion out of the situation and provides guidance that usually saves my firm money. Over the seven years we have been a client of Michael's firm we have not had any legal issues brought against us. On of the reasons is Michaels legal council. I think this is pretty impressive considering my firm has over 3000 clients.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009
Review of Michael D Cross, Attorney
We have brought Michael into several client situations. He is a well qualified attorney, with special expertise in business matters and non-profit law. We have found Michael to be technically competent, experienced in business and non-profits, and excellent with clients. In all matters related to business and non-profits, we go first to Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2009
Michael Cross recommendation
While working on a case that is not straight forward Michael has been upfront, honest and "real" about how we should proceed. I really get the sense that Michael is in my corner. He also has tried to keep the expenses limited to what is necessary. That is most appreciated! I would highly recommend Michael.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chairman
  • Alpharetta Development Authority
  • 2011 - Present
  • Director, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
  • Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Reinhardt University
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Office of the State Attorney General
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • Office of State Administrative Hearings
  • 1998 - 1998
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  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Saiven Info Links, Inc. v. Silicon Strategic Solutions, Inc.
  • Obtained judgement for client.
  • Foundation Contractors, Inc. v. C.D. Dangler Construction, Inc. et al.
  • Successfully defended case.
  • Choice Capital Funding v Patrick Sutherland
  • Obtained $54,979.96 judgment for client.
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  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation
  • Officer & Member, Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Alpharetta Development Authority
  • Officer and Member, Board of Directors
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alpharetta Downtown Development Authority
  • Officer & Member, Board of Directors
  • 2005 - Present
  • Advisory Council, Congressman Tom Price
  • Advisory Board
  • 2004 - Present
  • Reinhardt College, North Fulton Center
  • Member, Advisory Board
  • 2003 - Present
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Directors / Chairman's Circle Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • 400 Technology Connection
  • Founder & Member, Steering Committee
  • 2004 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite: Corporate Law
  • Georgia Business Trend
  • 2017
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Finalist, Small Business Person of the Year
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010
  • Robert Fuller Access to Justice Award
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • 2008
  • Founding Father Award
  • Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation
  • 2008
  • Harry Rucker Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • 2005
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  • Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements
  • 2010
  • Series LLCs and Tax Issues
  • Series LLCs and Tax Issues
  • 2009
  • Limited Liability Companies (NBI: 2008)
  • Introduction to LLCs; Taxation
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
  • Professionalism
  • 2011
  • LLC or Inc.? Entity Selection for Small to Medium Sized Business
  • Entity Selection
  • 2010
  • Taxation of LLCs and LLPs
  • Taxation
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Michael
Business Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Business Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege of working with Michael for two years on both transactional and litigation matters arising in the business world. In addition to a keen legal mind, Michael has a tremendous instinct for looking for solutions to problems. His interest is the protection and satisfaction of the client, not in achieving technical "legal victories" that do little to advance his clients' business goals. Although we work in the same firm, I can unequivocally state that when I need a lawyer, Michael gets the call."
Business Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Cross is a very good transactional attorney. Although a local competitor, I recommend him when I am unable to take certain cases due to conflicts etc."
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Alpharetta Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Michael Duane Cross Jr.
Michael Duane Cross Jr.
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
Alpharetta, GA
Licensed for 23 years
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