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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™.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 35%
    27 years
  2. M & A: 35%
    27 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    27 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    27 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Dawn Newton

    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.


    Dawn Newton Franchising Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Barry Howard Epstein

    Mike is a very experienced M&A attorney capable of handling substantial-sized transactions very cost-effectively. He is practical and does not waste time.


    Barry Epstein Land use and zoning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Fitzgerald, Abbott & Beardsley LLP

1221 Broadway, 21st Floor
Oakland, CA, 94612-1823


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV® Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real EstateMartindale-Hubbell™ and American Lawyer Media2013
All-In Leadership AwardInner City Advisors2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner and Co-Chair of the Business and Corporate GroupFitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley, LLP1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1989 - Present
California Society for Healthcare AttorneysMember1989 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Asset SaleSuccessful Sale of Major Assets
AquistionSuccessful Aquistion of Software Corporations
Sale of CompanySuccessful Sale of Company
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
California State University, California Polytechnic State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Concepts for EntrepreneursThe Corporate "Prenup"2012
Seminar SeriesCorporate Issues for Entrepreneurs2010
Seminar SeriesFamily Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability companies2010
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) programsCounseling for Entrepreneurs and Start-Up and Established Small BusinessesN/A