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Biography

Mike has nearly 40 years of experience as general business counsel, primarily in the areas of corporate law, business transactions, manufacturing, securities and banking laws. He has helped structure, negotiate and document the purchase and sale of companies in a wide range of industries. He counsels closely-held businesses on organizational and governance matters, including drafting of equity holder buy-sell agreements, employment contracts and non-compete covenants. Mike advises on a broad spectrum of contract matters, including manufacturing, distribution and sales representative agreements, and consults on a variety of general business issues. He regularly assists in restructuring projects and business succession planning, and often receives referrals to resolve shareholder and other ownership disputes. Mike’s practice also includes the representation of both lenders and borrowers on loan transactions.

For more than 20 years, Mike served as the chair of the business services group of a former firm and was later the head of its manufacturing legal team.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

$1.2 billion sale of safety products manufacturer.

Special counsel for Indiana statutory matters in connection with $271 million tender offer.

$17 million refinancing for an apartment complex.

$8 million sale of an auto dealership.

Multimillion-dollar spin-off of division of a tool and die manufacturer.

Purchase of assets of a multimillion-dollar software company.

Education

Law School

Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1977, with distinction

Undergraduate School

Wabash College, BA, Political Science, 1974, magna cum laude

Bar Membership

Mike is licensed to practice in the following state:

Indiana, 1977

Courts

Mike is admitted to practice before the following court:

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019

Indiana Super Lawyers®

Alumnus of Distinction, Jasper High School, 2008

Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Managers Award, 2000

Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men Man of the Year, 1997

First Annual David W. Peck Award Winner, Wabash College, 1974

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Venture Club of Indiana

Indianapolis Bar Association, Board of Managers, Vice President, 2001; Chair, Business Law Section, 1985; Member, Business Law Section

Indiana State Bar Association, Member, House of Delegates, 1984-present; Member, Business Law Section

American Bar Association, Member, Business Law Section

Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Fellow; Board Member, 1999-2001

Indiana State Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Bay Landing Neighborhood Association, President 2008-present

Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Director 1996-2005 and President 2000-2002

Eagle Creek Park Advisory Committee 2009-present

Indiana Deaf Camps Foundation, Director 1998-2000

Christamore House, Director 1990-1996 and President 1992-94

Country Club of Indianapolis, Director and Secretary 2006-08

Phi Delta Theta Advisory Council, Wabash College 2005-09

Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, Director 1987-93

Pike Youth Soccer Club, Inc., Director and Secretary 1990-94

Northern Estates Homeowners Association 1979-92, President 1982

St. Michael’s Catholic Church

National Audubon Society, Amos Butler Chapter

Opportunity Indianapolis (Stanley K. Lacy Alumni Program, 1987)