Michael's Profile

In his finance practice, Michael represents clients in all aspects of public finance transactions, primarily as underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel and trustee's counsel. His practice emphasizes representation of commercial and investment banks in structuring taxable financing. He regularly assists issuers and underwriters in the preparation of disclosure documentation and related due diligence matters. Michael's practice as bond and letter of credit bank counsel has been concentrated in variable rate demand bond financing, including managing substitute letters of credit and negotiating structural issues with rating agencies. He regularly serves as trustee's counsel for bank corporate trust departments, including economic development project financing; health care; water, gas and sewer issures; education (secondary and higher education); and other types of issues.

He has extensive experience practicing before the staff of the Alabama Securities Commission, representing broker-dealers and investment advisors, and their representatives, with compliance and other regulatory issues. He has served on the Alabama Law Institute Committee considering revisions to the Alabama Securities Act.

In his general corporate practice, Michael regularly advises Alabama and Delaware corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies regarding statutory and constitutional issues. He plays a leading role in the firm's corporate law opinion practice.

Michael's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Securities Regulation (2007-present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Securities Regulation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Michael's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • Harvard Law School
    • (1983, J.D.)
  • Mississippi State University
    • (1980, B.A., summa cum laude)


Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

Read More
Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

Read More
Thursday, August 15, 2019

130 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 130 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 63 practice areas...

Read More