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"I leverage technology, my CFO experience, and a strong understanding of my clients' risk comfort level to efficiently close deals and add practical business value."



A former software business CFO, Mike is a venture capital attorney who primarily works with entrepreneurs and start-ups. He routinely advises eSports ventures, medical-technology companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, ASPs, MSPs, and CRM software providers. Mike serves as Barclay Damon’s Corporate Practice Area co-chair and co-team leader of the manufacturing team as well as being a member of the firm’s IT Committee. Prior to Barclay Damon, Mike was most recently an executive of a leading, award-winning SaaS legal-practice-management platform provider.

Mike’s entrepreneurial background complements his legal skills in representing businesses and business owners in all stages of growth. He assists with operational scaling issues; team building; executive compensation; and incentive compensation, including incentive stock option (ISO) and non-qualified option (NSO) equity incentive plans (EIPs). Mike often works with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) document package in connection with seed, angel, and later-stage financings and serves on several advisory boards. 

Mike has helped companies close several merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions and raise millions in investment capital. His clients—including a 43North start-up contest winner—span industries and are involved with application software development, cryptocurrency mining, portable electric power, advanced weapon technology, and entertainment.

Mike’s hands-on experience—including his own personal experience as an entrepreneur—provides his clients with unique advantages and industry contacts. He uses his business-focused perspective and knowledge of accounting, financial reporting, complex forecasting, KPIs, and other business analytics to provide practical, value-additive solutions to both legal and business challenges.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Representative Experience

  • Represents several closely held, established area businesses, advising them in connection with day-to-day business matters, transition planning, and strategic and M&A transactions.
  • Represented an early-stage med-tech venture in connection with its seed, Series A, and Series B private placements, raising funding for its design and development of patent-protected technology that minimizes implant-related infections.
  • Counseled a provider of portable electric-car-charging technology––the grand prize winner of the 43North start-up competition––in connection with obtaining its Series A financing led by a Boston-based venture capital firm, working with NVCA model terms while drafting and implementing founder contracts, employee confidentiality and invention assignments (EIAAs), and an equity incentive plan (EIP).
  • Advised a leading legal-practice-management software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider in connection with general corporate matters, the refinement of licensing terms, and financing issues.
  • Worked closely with a longstanding provider of building control systems and a business analytics provider in connection with the development, protection, and subsequent monetization of their Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.
  • Advised a rapidly growing eSports enterprise throughout its entire life cycle from inception through exit, including work on its initial angel funding using Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) terms; closing its first convertible debt round and later equity round; assisting with transactional scaling issues, including strategic acquisitions; and negotiating terms of a successful exit with a private equity firm.
  • Completed the succession planning of a highly successful, veteran-owned professional services company to provide for a partial sale and a partial business transition to a new ownership group.
  • Worked with a licensed medical professional to restructure and successfully sell his multi-million practice to a nationwide aggregator of managed service providers and professional caregivers.
  • Counseled multiple practicing neurological-surgeon entrepreneurs and advised them in connection with their respective ventures, including the commercialization, protection, and subsequent monetization and licensing of their medical-tech intellectual property.
  • Advised an acquiring group in connection with the acquisition and subsequent business integration of several HVAC sales representative and service organizations into the client’s existing platform.
  • Co-invented US Patent #2009/0106368 A1 “Injection Advertising Technology.

Prior Experience

  • Co-Founder, Executive, and CFO of Several Venture-Funded Software and Consulting Companies
  • Damon Morey LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • University at Buffalo, Former Accounting, Finance and Business Law Adjunct
  • Share-A-Pet, Pet-Assisted Therapy Program, Volunteer

Selected Honors

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Taylor “Skip” Obold Training Award, 2015
  • University at Buffalo, Excellence in Teaching Award Honorable Mention, Multiple Years
  • University at Buffalo, School of Management Achievement Award
  • University at Buffalo, Undergraduate Student of the Year Nominee

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • VirtualLegalTech, “Legal Project Management”
  • 20 Minutes Can Change Your Life” Webinar

Selected Publications & Media

  • Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing: How Better Billing Practices Improve Your Law Firm and Your Life, Co-Author
  • The Law Firm of Tomorrow, Co-Author

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