Michael has been practicing law in San Francisco since 1989. He assists clients in all facets of business, real estate, estate planning, charitable giving and tax. After having spent the first decade of his legal career working at prominent mid-sized firms, in 1999 he followed the path of many of his start-up clients and launched his own Firm representing emerging growth companies. Today, the Firm has grown to a full-service law firm with offices in San Francisco and Malibu, California.
Michael is also a senior adjunct professor at Golden Gate University in the Masters of Law/Masters of Science (Taxation) program, where he has taught courses on S corporations and limited liability companies for more than 20 years.
Michael has published numerous business and tax-related articles in leading law treatises and journals such as Advising California Limited Liability Companies (CEB), California Business Law Practitioner (CEB), Journal of Taxation, Journal of S Corporation Taxation, American Journal of Tax Policy, California Tax Lawyer, Commercial Law Journal, and Trademark World. He is also a frequent lecturer on the topic of limited liability companies (LLCs) for the State Bar of California, Bar Association of San Francisco, and various tax groups throughout the State of California.
Michael has been named a Super Lawyer® of Northern California nearly every year since 2004. Only the top 5% of the lawyers in the State of California receive this prestigious designation. He is also rated A/V Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence, with very high ethical standards.
In 2003, after 21 years of military service, Michael retired honorably as a Major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves. Among other responsibilities, he prepared hundreds of Wills and Powers of Attorney for deployed soldiers and their families. He earned numerous medals and awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Platoon Leadership Development Award, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Chief of Staff’s award for Excellence in Legal Service.