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Michael Alan Ellis

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at Cleveland, OH

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Licensed for 45 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 11/17/2022

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Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs
1375 E. 9th St., Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH, 44114


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Posted by Michael | February 20, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
WOW.. took the call on the 2nd ring
Mr. Ellis took the time to actually answer the phone and give guidance on the first call. Looking to hire him in the near future.
Posted by Dale | November 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highest recommendation.
Michael Ellis was my company's attorney for an M&A event in 2014. Two years later, I'm still struck by the quality of Michael's work. The man was consistently prompt, reliable, meticulous with the details, helpful in advice, and continually driving toward the goal lines. While other firms might have ultimately done the job (we interviewed four), I am pretty certain no one could have done it as well - or with less hassle to the client. A real standout.
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Posted by Junaid | January 10, 2013
Absolutely the best
We recently sold the majority assets of a company which we had for over 10 years. We were very inexperienced in being part of a transaction of this magnitude. Michael made us feel very comfortable and protected every step of the way. We didn't have all our ducks in a row to execute this deal smoothly, but Michael followed up with whoever he needed to get things done. Michael always made himself available whether it was nights, weekends, holidays, and even on vacation. I will only use Michael as my attorney in the future and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing counsel.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
  • 2005 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Kahn Kleinman Yanowitz & Arnson
  • 1992 - 2004
  • Associate/Partner
  • Thompson Hine & Flory
  • 1977 - 1992
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  • Duke University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., M.A.
  • 1974


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • 1985 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Corporation Law Committee
  • 1980 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2016
  • Cleveland Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Handling the Sale of Your Business
  • Walking the Ethical Line-Avoiding Conflicts
  • 2015
  • Handling the Sale of Your Business
  • Preparing Your Business for Sale
  • 2015
  • Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Business
  • Letters of Intent
  • 2011

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Securities offerings Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm a business transactions lawyer myself, and I find Michael to be an outstanding "lawyer's lawyer". He has the kind of deep knowledge of his subject areas that makes him a valuable resource for fellow lawyers. He's been involved in writing some of Ohio's business organization laws. If I needed to hire someone to testify about these laws as an expert, Michael would be my man."
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Cleveland Mergers and acquisitions Lawyer Michael Alan Ellis
Michael Alan Ellis
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 45 years