Maynard Cooper & Gale and Nexsen Pruet have agreed to merge on April 1, 2023. Together we will be Maynard Nexsen.

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Michael's Profile

Michael is a Shareholder and Chair of Maynard's Securities Regulation & Corporate Finance Practice. He has over 20 years of experience advising companies and their boards of directors in mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, private equity transactions, corporate governance issues, and intellectual property transfers. He represents clients on both the sale-side and buy-side of transactions, many of which involve middle-market companies and deals ranging from $10 Million to $1 Billion.

Michael’s clients span a broad range of industries, having a particular concentration in the biotechnology, digital, aerospace, and defense markets. With his expansive industry knowledge and diverse client base, Michael is frequently handling cross-border issues related to mergers, acquisitions, defense and aerospace industry requirements, and the transfer and licensing of intellectual property, as well as other types of business matters. He has experience advising companies and individuals on federal, state, and local tax issues, and small business owners on business succession issues, including the structuring and financing of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Martindale-Hubbell® awarded Michael an AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for his legal abilities and strong professional standards in the areas of Corporate Law, Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Divestitures. His talents have also earned him recognition as a leading attorney in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Venture Capital Law by The Best Lawyers in America©. He was selected to serve as the 2017 Chairman of the Southeastern Business Law Institute.

"My partner and I have worked with Michael on many strategic plans with our corporate clients. The recommendations and ultimate decisions are always very detailed and well communicated. Michael also has a way of keeping the clients engaged and informed which ultimately makes for wise business decisions."

"Michael has provided legal services and advice to my companies for 10+ years. His work is excellent and he holds my utmost respect and confidence as an attorney. However, his accessibility and being there when it counts the most is the quality that, to me, distinguishes him."

"Michael Johnson has provided legal services in the corporate and securities fields for over 7 years. Most of my work has been related to start-up companies and angel investors, areas that Michael knows well. He consistently provides high-quality products, on a reliable schedule, at a reasonable price. He is a creative thinker, and looks ahead to see possible future problems that need to be addressed now."

"Mike is a diligent lawyer with a deep understanding of corporate and business law. He has all the qualities one would seek in a professional advisor. Mike has demonstrated that he is smart and thorough while negotiating and drafting a broad range of complex business arrangements, leases, franchise, and license agreements. We have a six-year-long relationship with him and during that time he has helped us in countless ways with competence, professionalism, timeliness, and a helpful disposition."

“Mike is a subject matter expert in tax law. He has been prompt with his deliverables, which have been accurate and consistent with the quality of work that we expect.”

Michael's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law (2008-present); Mergers and Acquisitions (2010-present); Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2021-present), Venture Capital Law (2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent rating

Michael's Affiliations and Civic Involvement


  • Southeastern Business Law Institute, 2017 Chair
  • American Bar Association (Business and Finance Section)
  • Alabama Bar Association (Business Section)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (Business and Finance Section)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Business and Finance Section)
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Huntsville Finance and Estate Planning Council
  • BioAlabama
  • Association of Corporate Growth

Civic Involvement

  • Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, Board Member
  • BBVA Compass Bank, Member North Alabama Advisory Board

Michael's Speaking Engagements

  • "Selling a Government Contractor: Exit Strategies" - National Center For Simulation (Webinar) 2021


State Bar: Alabama, Tennessee, Washington, D.C.

  • Boston University
    • (1998, LL.M. in Taxation)

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
    • (1997, J.D.)

  • University of the South (Sewanee)
    • (1993, B.A.)

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Maynard Represents Global K9 Protection Group in Sale to National Investment Firm

Maynard represented Global K9 Protection Group (“GK9PG”) in its recent sale to Inoa Ventures Management. GK9PG, headquartered in Opelika, Alabama, is a veteran-owned and operated business delivering elite canine screening services that adhere to national and international regulations. Inoa Ventures is a national investment firm that targets investments in companies...

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Maynard Represents Cloud Security and Engineering Company in Merger

Maynard Corporate attorneys Mike Johnson, Jonathan Mayhall, Andy Watson, Hardwick Walthall, and David Kinman recently served as lead transaction counsel to Fire Team Solutions, LLC (“Fire Team”) in its merger with Case Consulting, LLC (“Case Consulting”). Fire Team is a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners Structured Solutions I, LP...

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Monday, August 22, 2022

200 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Maynard is pleased to announce that 200 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 11 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 56 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who are recognized...

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