Michael focuses his practice on strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital/mobile health, Internet, social networking, information technology and clean technologies industries in all aspects of general corporate and corporate 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 corporate transactions including: seed and venture capital financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and debt financings. In addition, Michael has represented and advised venture capitalists and investment banks.
Michael's activity in the growing digital health and healthcare IT industries includes serving as an advisor to the sector's leading incubator, Rock Health. He is a regular contributor to Fenwick's Life Sciences Legal Insights blog where he writes about digital health and mhealth topics. 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.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Michael served as the General Counsel for a venture-backed healthcare IT company based in Palo Alto.
While in law school, Michael served as a law clerk extern to the Honorable Alex J. Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is fluent in Spanish.