Michael T. Esquivel
650-335-7913
mesquivel@fenwick.com
Industry Co-Leader
Healthtech
Partner
Corporate
Michael T.
Esquivel
Michael T.
Esquivel
Michael T.
Esquivel
Partner
Corporate
Industry Co-Leader
Healthtech

Michael is a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer for emerging and high-growth companies.

He provides strategic counseling primarily in the healthtech, consumer, enterprise, fintech and cloud and internet industries.

Michael's passion for working with cutting-edge companies that are transforming industries and improving lives stems from his experience as general counsel of a venture-backed healthtech company. That inside view enables him to deeply understand entrepreneurs and anticipate their business and legal needs over a company’s entire lifecycle.

An aggressive, 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 IP and commercial transactions. He regularly negotiates and structures strategic transactions, including seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, corporate reorganizations, and debt financings. Michael also represents venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies.

Michael is particularly active in healthtech and was recently named one of nine “behind-the scenes players who can make or break a digital-health startup” by Business Insider. He also serves as an advisor to the sector’s leading seed fund, Rock Health. A regular contributor to Fenwick's Life Sciences Legal Insights blog, Michael frequently writes about the latest issues and trends affecting the ever-evolving healthtech industry and shares additional insights on Twitter at @mtesquivel.

In addition to his active practice, Michael is passionate about helping the future leading startup attorneys and the next generation of entrepreneurs, teaching Venture Capital at Stanford’s Law School for the last five years.

Michael has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including being named a Top 100 Lawyer in California by The Daily Journal the last five years, and a top lawyer in startups and venture capital by Chambers USA and Legal 500.

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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 advisor, you’ll have a lawyer 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 his interview with The Recorder.

Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles and still, deep down, calls it home. His family runs a small food production company there, and were he 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 inability 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 kids, two of whom are already second-degree black belts in Taekwondo, and the third who is well on her way.

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Michael Esquivel and his team are top notch in every way – from responsiveness to client needs to expertise relevant to our business as we grow. They are excellent partners around our table.”

The Legal 500

2021 Edition

  • Lecturer, Stanford Law School, Venture Capital Law

  • Lecturer, Stanford Law School, Venture Capital Law

  • Alchemy
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • AppLovin
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Boxed
  • brightwheel
  • Calm
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Curology
  • Everlane
  • Evidation Health
  • Facebook
  • Figma
  • Freenome
  • GGV Capital
  • GoPro
  • Gymshark
  • Honor Technology
  • Institutional Venture Partners
  • Kikoff
  • Latch
  • Lumosity
  • Lux Capital
  • Mayfield Fund
  • Nuna
  • Nurx
  • OpenSea
  • Propeller Health
  • Refactor Capital
  • Rock Health
  • Sageview Capital
  • Saildrone
  • Sequoia Capital
  • TigerConnect
  • Tile
  • TrialSpark

  • Alchemy
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • AppLovin
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Boxed
  • brightwheel
  • Calm
  • Coffee Meets Bagel
  • Curology
  • Everlane
  • Evidation Health
  • Facebook
  • Figma
  • Freenome
  • GGV Capital
  • GoPro
  • Gymshark
  • Honor Technology
  • Institutional Venture Partners
  • Kikoff
  • Latch
  • Lumosity
  • Lux Capital
  • Mayfield Fund
  • Nuna
  • Nurx
  • OpenSea
  • Propeller Health
  • Refactor Capital
  • Rock Health
  • Sageview Capital
  • Saildrone
  • Sequoia Capital
  • TigerConnect
  • Tile
  • TrialSpark
Michael is an aggressive, tireless advocate for entrepreneurs and the companies and teams they have built.
Michael is an aggressive, tireless advocate for entrepreneurs and the companies and teams they have built.

Michael is as thorough and easy to work with as he is responsive and pragmatic."

Chambers USA

2022 Edition

Michael is as thorough and easy to work with as he is responsive and pragmatic."

Chambers USA

2022 Edition

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Recognition
Business Insider

2021

Named Michael one of the nine behind-the-scenes players who can make or break a healthtech startup.

Chambers USA

2022

Recognized Michael among the nation's leading lawyers for venture capital work in California. In addition, he is consistently recognized nationally as a top lawyer for startups and emerging companies.

The Daily Journal

2017-2021

Recognized Michael as an emerging leader in the legal industry for his work advising companies that seek to disrupt traditional healthcare markets and practices

The Legal 500

2022

Ranked Michael as a Tier 1 lawyer in venture capital and emerging companies

Recognition
Business Insider

2021

Named Michael one of the nine behind-the-scenes players who can make or break a healthtech startup.

Chambers USA

2022

Recognized Michael among the nation's leading lawyers for venture capital work in California. In addition, he is consistently recognized nationally as a top lawyer for startups and emerging companies.

The Daily Journal

2017-2021

Recognized Michael as an emerging leader in the legal industry for his work advising companies that seek to disrupt traditional healthcare markets and practices

The Legal 500

2022

Ranked Michael as a Tier 1 lawyer in venture capital and emerging companies

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