Ben Mand, Chief Executive Officer, Harmless Harvest
“Michael and I first worked together at Jamba Juice, where I was head of Store Development and he was General Counsel. As General Counsel we partnered on a wide variety of legal issues, from real estate to franchise matters to dealing with “trip and falls.” Michael later went on to be General Counsel of Orchard Supply Hardware, so his retail and hardware experiences made him uniquely qualified to assist us in our retail store leasing transactions. His responsiveness and team approach have been greatly appreciated as our company continues to expand.”
Trey Feiler, Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Harbor Freight Tools
“We have been working with Michael now for several years on retail lease acquisitions and new retail leases for Project Juice, and appreciate the way he combines practical business advice with legal direction.”
Greg Malsin, Co-Founder, and Board Observer and Advisor, Project Juice (now a part of SuperFood Holdings LLC)
“I am very fortunate to have worked with Michael when he was General Counsel of Jamba Juice and I was in charge of Supply Chain. As an attorney, Michael recognizes the importance of supply chain management and how integral our work is to the entire business operations. At Jamba Juice and now at Philz Coffee, I continue to be impressed by how well Michael works cross functionally and directly with my team in walking us through key issues, helping us with strategic supplier contracts and issues, and developing contract templates and best practices. His positive, move forward attitude is contagious! Because of his quality advice, personal attention and fantastic work ethic, I look forward to continuing to use Michael for various Philz Coffee supply chain opportunities.”
Greg Schwartz, Vice President, Supply Chain, Philz Coffee
“Michael and I first worked together at Harmless Harvest on a variety of legal and business matters. I found him to be a knowledgeable attorney on a wide variety of legal issues involving consumer products companies and who shared our brand vision. While at Beanitos, I was pleased to continue my working relationship with him.”
Giannella Alvarez, Former CEO, Beanitos, Inc.
“Michael has assisted Specialty’s in a co-branding license agreement and in various real estate lease matters. I have found Michael to be knowledgeable and attentive to our business needs. I have especially appreciated his flexibility to work with us as our strategic goals have evolved and look forward to continuing working with him in the future.”
Thomas Negrel, Vice President of Finance, Planning and Development, Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery
“I worked with Michael at Harmless Harvest before moving to Hint in early 2018. Michael has been a strong resource when managing risk with our organization and negotiating legal contracts. I am pleased to again work with Michael as he assists Hint on various legal transactional matters.”
Brian Cramer, Vice President, Finance and Accounting, Hint Inc.
“I have known Michael since 2006 when I became an investor and Board member of Jamba Juice and he was General Counsel. Over the following several years, I worked closely with Michael on a variety of Jamba Juice corporate initiatives. Now that Michael is in private practice, I was pleased to introduce him to the Kaptyn team to provide legal assistance for commercial contract matters. We appreciate not only Michael’s legal skills, but his practical business advice.”
Tom Byrne, Chief Strategy Officer, Kaptyn Inc.