Michael's Profile

Michael is a Shareholder and Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Corporate Securities and Tax Practice Group. 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, and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law by The Best Lawyers in America©. He was selected to serve as the 2017 Chairman of the Southeastern Business Law Institute. Michael received his LL.M. from Boston University, and he holds a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law (Samford University) and a B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee).

"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)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent rating

Michael's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Southeastern Business Law Institute, 2017 Chairman
  • 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

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama, Tennessee

Education
  • 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, 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