Michele serves businesses through all stages, from formation to exit.
Michele is Chair of the firm’s Business Law, Securities and EMERGE practice groups, and a member of the Health Care team. She works with businesses and their owners through all stages of growth, ranging from startup to capital raising to sale. Her practice includes securities law matters, venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate and commercial matters. She represents entities raising capital and venture capital entities and private investors making investments. She also works with real estate developers and investors to make sure they comply with the federal and state securities laws, including unregistered broker-dealer issues, when raising equity to help finance real estate projects.
Michele advises new companies on the appropriate choice of entity for their businesses and prepares the appropriate corporation, limited liability company or partnership governing documents, as the case may be. She regularly serves as outside corporate counsel, offering guidance on various day-to-day business issues. She regularly advises corporate boards of directors regarding fiduciary duty duties and other corporate issues under Maryland law.
Michele has worked with clients on matters, including sales and purchases of public and private entities, public and private equity offerings, secured and unsecured financing arrangements, buy-sell arrangements, employee and consultant business protection agreements, intellectual property issues, contract negotiations, employment agreements, change in control plans and stock option, and other employee incentive plans. Michele is part of the Energy & Environmental Team as an advisor regarding exit strategies and structuring, investments and business entity structure, including compliance with securities laws and applicable exemptions. She has also created nonprofit arms of power companies.
Michele has significant experience in private placement equity offerings both for operating companies and for real estate investments, regularly drafts private placement memoranda and related subscription documents, and prepares all U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and state exemption filings.
She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and chairs the firm’s Finance Committee.
Recipient, Enterprising Women of Excellence Award, Baltimore Business Journal, 2022
Named to Chambers USA© 2022
AV Preeminent™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell®
Selected to Maryland Super Lawyers® 2022 list for Securities & Corporate Finance
Recipient, Top 100 Women Award, The Daily Record, 2012, 2014
Recipient, Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence Award, The Daily Record, 2017
Recipient, Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2016
Recipient, Brava! Award, Baltimore SmartCEO, 2015
Appointed to the Maryland Council on Cancer Control by Governor Lawrence Hogan, Jr.
At-Large Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section Council; Member, Business Law Section, Securities Subcommittee (Secretary)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, The Associated, Audit Committee
Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City
Member, Executive Alliance (formerly Network 2000); Secretary and Board Member, 2013-2016
Executive Committee Member, There Goes My Hero Foundation; President, 2017-2019; Secretary, 2010-2016
Executive Committee Member, Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger; Campaign Chair, 2011 and 2012. Click here to donate to the campaign.
Member, Muscular Dystrophy Association; Legal Leaders Steering Committee, 2007 and 2008
Ambassadors Committee Member, Center Club
Member, Betamore Business Growth Roundtable Group
Member, Exit Planning Exchange
Member, Association for Corporate Growth
Member, Business Opportunity Network
Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, Greater Baltimore Committee, Baltimore County Business Advisory Council
Member, Board of Directors and General Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Baltimore
Women United Member and Leaders United Member, United Way of Central Maryland
J.D., College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1996
B.A., University of Virginia, 1992