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 area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions 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.” — Client Testimonial
“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.” — Client Testimonial
“Attorney 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 product, 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.” — Client Testimonial
“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.” — Client Testimonial
- The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law (2008-present); Mergers and Acquisitions (2010-present); Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2021)
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent rating
Michael's Affiliations and Civic Involvement
- 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
- Association of Corporate Growth
- Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, Board Member
- BBVA Compass Bank, Member North Alabama Advisory Board
Boston University (1998, LL.M.)
Cumberland School of Law (1997, J.D.)
University of the South (Sewanee) (1993, B.A.)