Michael provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital health, consumer and enterprise tech, social networking, software and cloud computing industries.
He has a passion for working with cutting edge companies that are changing industries and improving lives that stems from his prior experience as general counsel of a venture-backed healthcare IT company. That inside view has provided him with a deep understanding of entrepreneurs and an ability to anticipate his clients’ unique business and legal needs not just for today or tomorrow, but over a company’s entire lifecycle.
An aggressive and tireless advocate for entrepreneurs and the companies and teams they have built, Michael advises clients on all aspects of general corporate and securities law — from formation and corporate governance responsibilities, to equity incentives and employment issues, to intellectual property and commercial transactions.
He has negotiated and structured a wide variety of strategic transactions, including seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, corporate reorganizations and debt financings. He also represents and advises incubators, angel investors, venture capitalists and investment banks.
Extremely active in the growing digital health and healthcare IT industries, Michael serves as an advisor to Rock Health, the sector's leading full-service seed fund. He is also a regular contributor to Fenwick's Life Sciences Legal Insights blog where he writes about the latest issues and trends affecting the digital health and mobile health industries. In addition, Michael led the production of an interactive industry map to show the concentration of digital health companies by technology platform and target audience, available to view here: Digital Health Industry Map.
Get a glimpse of Michael’s insights on valuation and deal structure in a recent presentation he gave to a group of seed and angel investors.
- Represented GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile photo and video capture devices, in a $200 million acquisition of shares by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing company. Represented GoPro in its IPO.
- Represented Mango Health, a developer of med management software, in its venture capital financing led by Kleiner Perkins.
- Represented Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in last mile gigabit wireless technology, in their latest financing.
- Represented Omada Health, a digital health startup, in multiple rounds of financing.
- Represented Augmedix, a physician-centered service powered by Google Glass, in multiple financings.
- Represented Quixey, a search engine for apps, in multiple rounds of financing.
- Represented Everlane, an innovative high quality retail fashion venture, in multiple financings.
- Represented various venture capital funds in investments in companies ranging from car-sharing technology to cloud storage to a social network for gamers.
What Can You Expect When You Work with Michael?
Michael’s guiding principles are to thoughtfully safeguard his clients’ long-term interests and help them to be innovative with their technologies, yet practical and straightforward in their legal affairs. You can expect to work with someone who shares your enthusiasm and passion and will proactively address legal challenges so that you can focus on your business.
What excites Michael most about his practice is working with game-changing entrepreneurs whose ideas are breaking new ground every day. With Michael as your adviser, you’ll have an attorney who understands your business and the needs of entrepreneurs and rapidly growing companies, and who can help you navigate the ever-changing waters of emerging industries and the laws that apply to them. He will be a long-term partner in the growth of your company and an integral member of the team that you rely on for your company’s success. Read more about Michael in a January 2014 interview with The Recorder.
Michael’s most recent insights into the Life Sciences/Digital Health industries:
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More about Michael
A high-energy advocate who works tirelessly on behalf of his clients, Michael was recently recognized as one of the emerging leaders in the legal industry in the Daily Journal’s annual “Top 20 Under 40” for his work advising companies that seek to disrupt traditional healthcare markets and practices.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles and still, deep down, calls it home. His family runs a small food production company there, and, if not an attorney, Michael would be in Southern California working with his brother to support and grow the family business. He’d also like to take a swing at a startup, but bemoans his lack of ability to write code.
When he’s not working, he spends his time trying to get in a bit of exercise and keep up with his three kids, two of whom became black belts in karate by the age of 10.