Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, including:
- complex corporate transactions
- mergers and acquisitions
- federal securities regulations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Michael also counsels and assists hospitals, nonprofit foundations, skilled nursing facilities, and other clients in handling overlapping business, financial, governance, and legal issues. For over 30 years, he has served as outside general counsel to Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Deborah Hospital Foundation in Browns Mills, NJ.
From 2000 to 2008, Michael served as Chair of the firm's Corporate Department. From 2003 to 2006, Michael served as a member of the Executive Committee of Fox Rothschild.
Michael also serves as Assistant General Counsel at Fox Rothschild.
In Matter of Fount-Wip Distributors of So. Jersey, Bankrupt, 4 B.R. 424 (Bankr.D.N.J. 1980), Michael successfully secured for the Trustee of the estate of the bankrupt the proceeds of a life insurance policy, of which the bankrupt was owner and beneficiary. The policy insured the life of the shareholder/CEO of the bankrupt, who died after the filing of the bankruptcy petition. Michael prevailed over the beneficiaries of the estate of the insured, the shareholders of the bankrupt and a bank that had a perfected general security interest in the assets of the bankrupt. The case has been cited several times, most recently in 2010.
Before Fox Rothschild
Michael was the Managing Partner of Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman, and Cohen in Philadelphia and Lawrenceville, NJ, and a member of its Executive Committee. As an undergraduate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he received the Beta Gamma Sigma award for the highest overall grade point average in his graduating class and the Haskins & Sells Award for excellence as an accounting major.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Michael frequently writes and speaks on topics such as corporate compliance and business ethics, bioethics, and business and nonprofit law. In recent years Michael has been a guest lecturer on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and business ethics in classes in the Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions of the Wharton School. Since 2010, he has taught classes at Wharton on Sarbanes-Oxley and the Madoff scandal. Past president of the Jewish Geriatric Home in Cherry Hill, NJ, he has also served as a public member of the Advisory Graduate Medical Education Council of New Jersey. Michael serves as Vice Chair of Astral Artists, whose mission it is to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States, assist their early professional career development and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs.
HIPAA & Health Information Technology Blog
Michael contributes to a blog that provides information regarding cutting-edge legal and practical developments that health care providers and businesses must consider with regard to the handling and sharing of health information, including through the use of electronic health records.
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rated*
- Recipient of the New Jersey Law Journal's "Unsung Heroes" Award (2020)
- Selected to the "Super Lawyers" list for Business/Corporate in New Jersey (2007)*
- Named among “New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Inside Jersey and the Newark Star-Ledger for his practice in Business and Commercial, Healthcare and Securities Law (2012)