Mike retired June 1, 2011 as a partner of Foley & Lardner LLP where he practiced for 37 years following his graduation from UW Law School in 1974. Mike's principal area of practice was business law. His practice encompassed a broad range of business and financial matters, including the formation of business entities, buy/sell agreements, employment and executive compensation agreements, commercial contracts, shareholder disputes, business succession planning, financing transactions, and business acquisition and disposition transactions. He was also chair of the firm's aviation and aircraft transactions practice, which included representing clients in the purchase and sale of aircraft and fractional interests in aircraft and counseling regarding ownership structuring and various other regulatory and tax matters. Mike also was also a member of the firm's trusts and estates practice, focusing on providing estate planning and trustee services to his business clients and their families as well as to other clients of the firm.
Mike has lectured and published articles on various topics, including business succession planning, shareholder buy-sell agreements, equity incentives for employees of privately-owned companies, structure and use of limited liability companies, the Wisconsin Marital Property Law and the Wisconsin Close Corporation Law.
Mike was the partner in charge of training and mentoring for Foley & Lardner's firm-wide business law department for the last 15 years of his practice. He also served as member of the UW Law School's Professional Skills Task Force which made its recommendations to the Dean in December, 2010.
Mike received his A.B. degree in economics from Dartmouth College. He served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam prior to attending UW Law School.