Michael has more than two decades of business experience. Most recently, he served as general counsel and chief legal officer of Blackboard, Inc., a global technology company with 2,600 employees and clients in 90 countries. Michael oversaw critical aspects of the $1.64 billion transaction that took Blackboard private in 2011.
Earlier in his career, he was general counsel at Online Resources Corporation, a software and SaaS technology provider, and was special counsel at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, a full-service, general practice law firm with offices in the US, the UK, and in Israel. He started his legal career as an attorney in the Washington D.C. offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCoy, a leading international law firm. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.
Michael earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School, a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in economics and finance from The Wharton School of Business. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey and the District of Columbia.