I am a partner and co-chair of the firm's Business & Corporate Transactions Group. I act as General Counsel to many local and regional companies providing business advice regarding entity formation; contract and lease review; interpretation, preparation and negotiation of business contracts; mergers and acquisitions; asset and stock purchases; employee benefit and stock option plans; duties of corporate officers and directors and enforceability of covenants not to compete; trade secret and non-solicitation agreements, as well as business succession and tax planning.
I have also counseled and negotiated favorable resolutions for numerous closely held companies and shareholders involved in internal shareholder disputes.
In the area of corporate finance, I am experienced with private placements and exempt offerings, as well as venture capital and angel investor financing.
I also assist clients in all aspects of real property matters, including negotiation and drafting of industrial, office and shopping center leases and real property purchase and sale transactions. I was recently honored in this area at a "2013 Top Lawyer in Real Estate" by Martindale-Hubbell™.
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Mike's broad experience in M&A deals is a tremendous asset, as is his practicality in terms of the business realities that motivate most transactions. Mike excels at translating the jargon and legal demands from the other side into easily understood decisions for clients who are business-minded but need a heavy hitter on the legal issues.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV® Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate||Martindale-Hubbell™ and American Lawyer Media||2013|
|All-In Leadership Award||Inner City Advisors||2012|
|Partner and Co-Chair of the Business and Corporate Group||Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley, LLP||1988 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|California Society for Healthcare Attorneys||Member||1989 - Present|
|American Health Lawyers Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|Manufacturing Company Sale||Successful deal for client|
|Medical Center Business Formation||Successful business established for physician group|
|Software Company Acquisition||Successful outcome for clients|
|See all legal cases|
|Fablaw: In the News||New California LLC Act Arrives January 1, 2014||2013|
|FAB Law Flash||Small Business Jobs Act Creates Tax Saving Opportunities||2010|
|FAB Law Flash||Director's Rights During a Business "Divorce" May Not Be Absolute||2009|
|Oakland Business Review||Is Your Company's Web Site Free of Legal Bugs?||2000|
|The Recorder||East of Eden, Contra Costa and Alameda Firms Are Getting Their Share of the Technology Pie||2000|
|Unknown||Business Owners Fret Over Court's Decision About Corporate Contacts||N/A|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|California State University, California Polytechnic State University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Legal Concepts for Entrepreneurs||The Corporate "Prenup"||2012|
|Seminar Series||Corporate Issues for Entrepreneurs||2010|
|Seminar Series||Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability companies||2010|
|Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) programs||Counseling for Entrepreneurs and Start-Up and Established Small Businesses||N/A|