Michael is a corporate attorney with a strong background in intellectual property and business-oriented technology. As an Attorney with Trusted Counsel, Michael handles licensing and commercial agreement issues. He advises clients on IP and technology licensing, outsourcing and services agreements. He is responsible for negotiating complex technology transactions involving software licensing, data analytics services, cloud hosting services, R&D, data privacy and data security. He also manages a large volume and variety of other transactions, negotiates standard and complex corporate and commercial agreements, and balances legal and business risks for clients. He is currently spearheading Trusted Counsel's initiative to help its clients understand and comply with the European Union's GDPR and other recent privacy developments. He helps them to understand and map the data flowing in and out of their organizations, and then guides them through the process of updating their internal and external privacy policies, online terms and other third party agreements.
Michael is a very seasoned attorney with 14 years of experience in the legal profession. Most recently, he served as Associate General Counsel in the Technology, Intellectual Property & Strategic Sourcing Group at New York Life Insurance Company, where he negotiated and drafted strategic and tactical technology agreements with all major suppliers as well as other related services agreements and routinely advised internal clients on technology- and privacy-related issues. He also served as the Legal Officer and Secretary of the New York Life Foundation. Prior to that, he was an Associate at a number of New York firms, among them Loeb & Loeb LLP; Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Michael graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in classics and French, followed by a Master of Arts degree in classical philology as well as Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Yale University. He then earned his J.D. from Emory University.
Michael is also multi-lingual. He is proficient in speaking, reading and writing French and proficient in reading Italian and German.
interests outside of law
Michael lives in Virginia-Highland with his husband Scott and his rescue mutt Sofia. He and Scott both grew up in the Atlanta area and are excited to return after nearly 12 years in New York City. He is passionate about LGTBQ youth and animals (especially dogs), as well as classical and jazz music and performance art.
J.D., 2004, Emory University
Ph.D., 1995, Yale University
M.Phil., 1991, Yale University
M.A., 1989, Yale University
B.A., 1998, Emory University
Professional & Business Affiliations
State Bar of Georgia (Privacy & Technology Law Section)
U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (2008)
State Courts of New York (2007)
Superior and State Courts of Georgia (2004)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2004)
Supreme Court of Georgia (2005)
Court of Appeals of Georgia (2005)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2005)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2006)
PRESENTATIONS, PUBLICATIONS, ETC.
- "California Enacts Groundbreaking Privacy Law" Trusted Counsel website (July 19, 2018)
- “The Enforceability of Online Agreements,” and “Trade Dress Protection of Websites,” Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace (Second Edition), The Bureau of National Affairs/American Intellectual Property Law Association (2011 and subsequent dates)
- “Developments in Search Engine Privacy,” 26th Annual American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, Va., speaker (Apr. 9, 2011)
- “Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions,” presentation to visiting members of the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office Delegation, New York, speaker (Nov. 3, 2010)
- “U.S. Supreme Court to Consider First-Sale Doctrine,” Intellectual Property Today (Apr. 27, 2010)