Mike focuses his practice on serving the legal needs of new and established small to midsize businesses and their owners. He has counseled entrepreneurs in the creation of companies in a wide range of industries including technology, healthcare, entertainment, transportation, and real estate – to name a few.
As outside general counsel, Mike assists a number of companies with their everyday legal needs including the negotiation, drafting and review of routine and complex business agreements including franchise agreements; employment-related matters including drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants as well as the creation and implementation of company policies and procedures; and collection efforts. Mike devotes a substantial portion of his practice to working with information technology (IT) companies and is experienced in handling the legal issues and business relationships that are unique to that industry.
Mike has assisted with the purchase and sale of businesses (both entity and asset only) and helped facilitate growth through venture capital investments. He offers seasoned advice and guidance throughout all stages of the business life cycle including shepherding clients through unfortunate but sometimes necessary business “divorces” and difficult “end of life” decisions. His practice is not limited to for-profit enterprises as he also serves as outside counsel to a local non-profit corporation and has assisted a number of others with various legal issues.
Not only does Mike assist his business clients with their transactional needs, he also helps them resolve business disputes and when necessary, prosecutes and defends claims on their behalf in Indiana state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court. He is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients in the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.
In addition to his general business advising practice, Mike has also assisted individuals and businesses with debt-related issues, including both informal workouts and bankruptcy. Mike is also one of only a few attorneys in the Indianapolis area who represents both employers and employees in unemployment benefit appeals proceedings before the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and its Unemployment Insurance Review Board.
Mike is passionate about the local entrepreneur community. When he is not busy assisting his clients, Mike can often be found speaking at legal and business seminars, workshops and conferences – offering insight on a variety of topics of interest to business owners and their counsel.
Prior to joining Reichel Stohry LLP, Mike was Of Counsel for a mid-size general practice firm, and was also a founding and managing partner of a general business practice partnership in Indianapolis.
Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (honors), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN – 2001
Law School: Juris Doctor, Health Care Law Concentration (cum laude), Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN – 2004
Community & Professional Involvement
Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
Member, Indiana State Bar Association
Member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Revitalization Association
Advisory Board Member, Dreamapolis Community Inc.
Advisory Board Member, PitchFeast Corp.
Advisory Board Member, The Indy Startup Challenge
Advisory Board Member, Brewer & Associates
Speaking Engagements (frequent)
National Business Institute
Inventrek Technology Park
B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Business) Indianapolis
Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition
Awards & Recognitions
Rising Star (Business Litigation), Super Lawyers, 2014
Rising Star (Business/Corporate), Super Lawyers, 2015
Rising Star (Business/Corporate), Super Lawyers, 2016
Rising Star (Business/Corporate), Super Lawyers, 2017
Bar & Court Admissions
United States District Court – Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court – Southern District of Indiana
United States Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of Indiana