Tel: (718) 635-0209
Harvard Law School
J.D., 2013, cum laude
Texas A&M University
B.B.A., 2009, magna cum laude
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Michael represents entrepreneurs, startups, and creative professionals in a variety of legal areas, including business law, contracts, venture finance, intellectual property, corporate governance, entertainment law, and commercial litigation.
Prior to opening his own practice, Michael clerked in the Southern District of New York for the Honorable William H. Pauley III. He also worked as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he handled all aspects of regulatory and complex commercial litigation matters.
While in law school, he was a winner of the Ames Moot Court Competition, was awarded best brief in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and served as a Technical Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal.
Michael engages in substantial non-profit work and currently serves on the board of BUILD NYC, a non-profit that empowers teens to create new products and run their own businesses.
Negotiated terms of startup investment and SAFE note on behalf of angel investor.
Represented filmmaker in domestic and world-wide distribution for Robin's Wish (#1 documentary on iTunes in 2020).
Advised podcast producer on shopping agreement for award-winning podcast.
Drafted design-build terms for innovative and fast-growing full-service landscaping company.
Formed special purpose investment vehicles for accredited investor groups.
Registered a variety of trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Assisted filmmakers with film production agreements, including location agreements, appearance agreements, and crew deal memos.
Formed LLC and drafted operating agreement for direct-to-consumer, fashion-retail company; amended its operating agreement to add a new member; represented the company during negotiations for various agreements, including drop-shipping agreements and vendor agreements.
Represented a venture capital company in capital raise for one of its portfolio companies and in amending the operating agreement for the company.
Represented filmmaker in obtaining copyright license and life rights agreement for his film.
Drafted option/purchase agreement for producer's acquisition of certain literary rights for television and film projects.
Represented mining company in multi-billion dollar SEC enforcement action and related class action lawsuit, including motion practice, witness interviews, and depositions.
Drafted operating agreement for a start-up using artificial intelligence to provide business solutions.
Drafted business broker agreement for the sale of a start-up.
Represented several Chinese issuers in various putative securities class actions, successfully opposing a motion to remand under SLUSA and securing multiple dismissals.
Reviewed funding agreement for children's education television show to be produced by a non-profit.
Researched and drafted amicus brief in support of respondents in King v. Burwell and petitioners in Obergefell v. Hodges, before the U.S. Supreme Court.