Michael concentrates on strategic counseling to companies, ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature publicly traded corporations, and venture capital firms in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings, debt financings, and corporate reorganizations. Michael was named among the top attorneys in the United States under the age of 40 by Law360 and he was recognized as an emerging leader in the legal industry by the Daily Journal. He has also been named an LMG Life Sciences Star and been honored by Super Lawyers in each of the past five years.

  • Representative Venture Financings
    • Multiple financings for Uber, including its publicly-announced $3.5B investment by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Series F, Series E and Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Airbnb, including its publicly-announced $1.5B Series E and $475M Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Databricks, including its $1B Series G, $400M Series F, $250M Series E, $140M Series D and $60M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Tanium, including over $600M in common stock financings and its $120M Series G financing
    • Multiple financings for Relativity Space, including its $500M Series D and $140M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Carta, including its $300M Series E and $80M Series D financings
    • Multiple financings for Illumio, including its $125M Series D financing and $100M Series C financings
    • Multiple financings for Bolt, including its $120M Series C and $68M Series B financings
    • Nurix in its $120M Series D financing
    • Dragos in its $110M Series C financing
    • Multiple financings for Doctor on Demand, including its $75M Series D and $74M Series C financings
    • Multiple investments representing Agilent Technologies, Alpha Edison, Fidelity Investments and NEA:
      • Agilent Technologies in its $80M investment in and $105M acquisition of Lasergen, in its investment in Mission Bio’s $30M Series B and Purigen’s $26M Series B
      • Alpha Edison in multiple deals, including Parsley Health's $26M Series B, United Dwelling's $10M Series B and Caba Design's $7M Series A​
      • Fidelity Investments in connection with 50+ investments, including Stripe's $600M Series H, Sonder’s $170M Series E financing, Castle Creek Pharma’s $71.8M financing and Cibus’ $70M Series C
      • NEA in multiple investments, including Senti Bio’s $53M Series A, Coursera’s $49.5M Series C and Qpex Biopharma’s $33M Series A
  • Representative Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Cepheid sale to Danaher ($4B)
    • Multiple acquisitions for Cisco Systems, including its acquisition of WebEx Communications ($3.2B)
    • Data Domain sale to EMC ($2.4B)
    • Opsware sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.6B)
    • ArcSight sale to Hewlett-Packard ($1.5B)
    • Dermira sale to Eli Lilly ($1.1B)
    • OpenDNS sale to Cisco Systems ($635M)
    • ScoutRFP sale to Workday ($540M)
    • ThousandEyes sale to Cisco Systems
    • Reaction Commerce sale to Mailchimp
    • Coinbase acquisitions of Cipher Browser, Keystone Capital, Earn.com, Memo.AI and Paradex
    • Alteryx acquisitions of Yhat, Semanta and ClearStory Data
  • Representative Initial Public Offerings and Capital Market Transactions
    • Coinbase direct listing (pending)
    • Nurix Therapeutics initial public offering and follow-on public offering
    • Alteryx initial public offering and follow-on public offering
    • Dermira initial public offering and multiple follow-on public offerings
    • Marin Software initial public offering and its at-the-market offering
    • Silver Spring Networks initial public offering
    • ArcSight initial public offering
    • Dexcom multiple follow-on public offerings
    • Glu Mobile follow-on public offering
    • Alteryx, Cepheid, Dermira and Dexcom convertible debt offerings pursuant to Rule 144A

Representative Clients

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Airbnb
  • Airship
  • Alpha Edison
  • Alteryx
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Anyscale
  • Bellhop
  • Bolt Financial
  • Bugcrowd
  • Carta
  • Chubbies Shorts
  • Cobalt Robotics
  • Coinbase
  • Databricks
  • Dexcom
  • Doctor On Demand
  • Dragos
  • Espressive
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Illumio
  • Invoca
  • Kareo
  • Kentik
  • Marin Software
  • Matroid
  • Modern Animal
  • Narvar
  • Nava
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Nurix Therapeutics
  • Nylas
  • Relativity Space
  • Side Real Estate
  • Simbe Robotics
  • Sonar Software
  • Tanium
  • ThousandEyes
  • Voyage Auto
  • Wealthfront

Education & Admissions

J.D., Concentration in Business Law
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration
California State University, Chico

Admitted to practice in California


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