“Michael serves in the role of part-time out-sourced general counsel. We appreciate Michael’s legal and industry expertise, his accessibility and commitment to our success, and his practical legal and business advice in supporting our legal and business needs. Using Michael, we can better minimize and manage our legal fees as our business does not currently support the need for a full-time in-house attorney, and the infrastructure costs associated.”

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, Vice President, Real Estate, Construction, & Facilities, 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, Retail and Business Development, Project Juice

“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. At Beanitos, I am pleased to be able to continue my working relationship with him.”

Giannella Alvarez, CEO, Beanitos, Inc.

“We came to know Michael when he representing us in the leasing of three restaurant properties, a business acquisition, and a real estate acquisition which also involved reviewing loan documents.  Michael walked us through key issues involving these transactions and clearly explained our options. His quality advice and personal attention allowed these transactions to close efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Because of his quality advice and personal attention, we continue to use Michael for various real estate and commercial matters.”

Willy Ng, principal of Koi Palace, Palette, M.Y. China, and Dragon Beau

“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 and Planning, Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery

“Michael represented me and another CertaPro franchisee in the merger of our two businesses. The transaction involved corporate, franchise, and contract issues. Michael helped both of us understand the legal and business implications involved in these issues, which helped us to negotiate a reasonable outcome leading to a successful merger. I have and will continue to recommend Michael to other companies.”

Steve Bonbright, Owner and President, CertaPro Painters of the Peninsula and Silicon Valley

“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.