Mike came to Trusted Counsel in 2017 when it combined with Siavage Law Group, the firm he founded in 2004. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, private industry and private practice.
Mike's practice focuses on the general counseling of technology and other companies and investors. It includes venture capital and corporate finance transactions; mergers and acquisitions; dispute management and settlement; intellectual property transactions including licensing, OEM, joint venture and development agreements; reseller and distribution agreements; banking transactions; formation and structuring of new companies; strategic transactions; advice to public companies on the acquisition of growth companies; and commercialization of university intellectual property.
Mike has participated in corporate transactions, representing both companies and investors, involving well over 100 emerging companies in connection with their Series A, B, C, and later venture capital investments and liquidity events.
Mike was one of the original partners in Red Hot Law Group in Atlanta, a boutique law firm dedicated to the counseling of emerging technology companies. In 2001, Red Hot Law Group merged with McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, a national law firm based in Atlanta.
Mike’s career also includes public service as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation and Commissioner of the New Jersey Commission on Catastrophic Injury in Children. Subsequent to his public service, Mike became Vice President and General Counsel to Cunard Line, Ltd. in New York, where he played a significant role on the team that structured and executed a plan to triple the size of the company in an eight-year period. He has also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, then a 4,000-employee, $400-million company. Subsequently, he was Vice President and General Counsel to the American Ship Building Company in Tampa, Fla. Again, he served in the role of Chief of Human Resources and Information Systems Officer, and worked closely with George Steinbrenner, then chairman of the company.
A frequent lecturer and writer on subjects related to technology growth companies, Mike has spoken at numerous Atlanta locations and institutions, including the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University; the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University; the Tiger Program of Emory Law School; the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the Cap Ventures Program of ATDC, TAG and LaunchPad. He has also authored numerous articles and presentations.
Mike and his wife Carol live in Atlanta and have three daughters and a son. He enjoys running, fly-fishing, trekking, and golf.
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
B.A., Rutgers University
Professional & Business Affiliations:
Georgia Bar Association
Atlanta Technology Angels Board Member
LaunchPad Mentor and Lecturer
Start-Up Chicks Sponsor and Lecturer
Presentations, Publications, Etc.:
- Presentation at Atlanta Tech Village. "Alternative Angel Investment Vehicles." (April, 2017)
- “International Outsourcing Transactions: How to Advise Your Advisors,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, co-author (June 2007).
- “The Kinder, Gentler 2004 Venture Capital Term Sheet,” Technology Law, Section Newsletter, State Bar of Georgia (Fall 2004).
- “Controlling The Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM),” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Midatlantic Edition (March 2004).
- "Commercialization of University Property,” TIGER Program, Emory Law School and Georgia Tech, panel moderator (March 18, 2003).
- “Six Common Reasons for New Venture Failure and How Coaching Might Help,” International Conference of the Academy of Management, Denver (Aug. 7, 2002).
- “The Organization Life Cycle's Relationship to the Funding Life Cycle,” J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University (Jan. 16, 2002).
- “Legal Issues Affecting Start-Ups,” Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (Nov. 1, 2001).
- “New Venture Creation in Electronic Commerce,” J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University (Feb. 12, 2001).