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
“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, Former 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 various real estate lease matters. I appreciate the way Michael combines his legal advice with practical business insights. We look forward to continuing to work with Michael in the future.”
Mike Shurm, President, 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, Senior 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, Co-Founder, Kaptyn Inc.
“We started working with Michael as a cost-effective solution to help us negotiate and document various master services agreements and commercial contracts with our consulting clients and for general day-to-day legal matters. Michael’s years of experience as a business attorney is a great asset, allowing us to spend more of our time on business matters and less of our time dealing with legal matters.”
Mary Lea G. Kirven, Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Decisions Group International LLC
“I’ve known Michael for many years and we have worked together in the past, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to ask him to join BWX Limited as our part-time legal counsel for the Americas to assist us in our beauty and wellness business. I appreciate the way Michael combines practical business advice with excellent legal direction. I consider Michael not only a highly competent attorney, but also my friend and someone I can always count on.”
Doug Hosking, President, Americas at BWX Limited