Biography

Named as one of the leading corporate attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA, Michael represents early- and growth-stage companies in the technology, life sciences, health care and clean tech sectors.

Michael's services include:

  • corporate finance
  • private equity
  • venture capital
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • securities
  • technology law
  • leveraging intellectual property
  • taxation
  • general corporate matters

Michael’s experience includes:

  • Advising institutional, strategic and private investors on structuring, negotiating and managing investments
  • Representing private equity funds in raising capital and advising on requisite disclosures and federal and state securities law compliance
  • Assisting growth companies in investment banking, accounting, management, private investor and other critical financing relationships
  • Negotiating and documenting corporate transactions such as equity and debt financing, acquisitions, joint ventures and employment compensation and benefit arrangements
  • Leveraging a company’s intellectual property through licensing, joint venture or development relationships and establishing distribution channels or similar means
  • Advising early-stage companies and investors on the opportunities and complexities of equity crowdfunding enabled by the JOBS ACT

Michael's leadership roles within the firm include:

  • Former Chair of the Corporate Department
  • Steering Committee Member, Life Sciences Practice Group
  • Founding member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice Group
  • Former Managing Partner of the Exton office
  • Former member of the firm's Executive Committee

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Michael is a recognized presence in the Philadelphia region’s venture capital, technology and entrepreneurial community. He is heavily involved in the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and was appointed to IMPACT’s Executive Leadership Committee for 2016. In 2010, he was appointed to the organization’s board of directors and in 2014 to PACT’s Executive Committee. He also served as Chairman of the IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit and as an advisory board member of the Phorum 2014 Technology Conference.

Michael writes and speaks extensively on the promises and pitfalls of equity crowdfunding. He participated as a panelist in the CDFA-BNY Mellon Development Finance Webinar Series: "Crowdfunding - A Finance Opportunity or Fleeting Trend?" and in the Chester County Economic Development Council panel “Crowdfunding: If, When and How To Get in the Game.” Michael is frequently quoted in various publications covering this topic, including Technically Philly, VC-List and Inc.com.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to “Best of the Bar” by Philadelphia Business Journal (2017)
  • “Recognized Practitioner” for Startups & Emerging Companies Nationwide by Chambers USA (2017)
  • Named as one of the leading corporate attorneys in Pennsylvania, Chambers USA (2009-2017)
  • Recipient of the "2010 Life Sciences Award" in the category of Best Consultant (Later Stage) by the Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Named among the "Leaders in Law" by the Philadelphia Business Journal (April 2009)
  • Named to "40 Under 40," a recognition by The Philadelphia Business Journal honoring the top 40 business professionals in Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Named among the "Lawyers on the Fast Track" in 2007 by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Michael was one of only 35 Pennsylvania attorneys under the age of 40 selected as a future leader of the Commonwealth's legal community and for having made a significant commitment to the community-at-large.
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (2006-2017)
  • Named to "Super Lawyers Business Edition” in the area of Business and Transactions (2013)
  • Named among the "Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Corporate Law (2009-2018)