Michele serves businesses through all stages, from formation to exit strategy.
Michele is Chair of the Firm's Securities and EMERGE Practices and a member in the Business Law and Health Care Practices. She works with businesses and their owners through all stages of growth, ranging from startup to capital raising, to sale or public offerings. Her practice includes securities law matters, public company reporting (including Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act compliance), venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, NASD and Stock Exchange Rules, and general corporate and commercial matters. 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 board 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 non-profit 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 SEC and exemption filings.
AV Preeminent™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell®
Recipient, The Daily Record Top 100 Women Award, Circle of Excellence, 2012, 2014, 2017
Recipient, The Daily Record Leadership in Law Award, 2016
Recipient, Baltimore SmartCEO Brava! Award, 2015
Appointed to the Maryland Council on Cancer Control by Governor Hogan
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Securities Subcommittee (Secretary); Mid-Market & Small Business Subcommittee
Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City
Member, Audit Committee, The Associated
Member, Executive Alliance (formerly Network 2000), Secretary and Board Member, 2013-2016
President (2017-2019), Secretary (2010-2016) and Executive Committee Member, There Goes My Hero Foundation (www.theregoesmyhero.org)
Executive Committee Member, Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger, (Campaign Chair in 2011, 2012). Click here to donate to the Campaign.
Member, Legal Leaders Steering Committee, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2007 & 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 (BON)
Member, GBC Baltimore County Business Advisory Council
Member of the Board of Directors, General Counsel, CREW Baltimore
Member, National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
Women United Member, 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