Michael Calabrese is of counsel and a corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Michael is a member of the firm’s Fund Formation & Investment Management Practice. He provides counsel to institutional investors and government agencies, particularly pension funds.
Prior to joining Foley, Michael was the chief counsel for San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association where he served as the general counsel to the over 30,000 member pension system. Michael also served as the chief deputy county counsel for the County of Merced and the chief deputy city attorney for the City of San Diego. He gained experience as an associate attorney at three law firms in California and Michigan after graduating from law school.
Michael earned his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999), where he ranked second in the class, was a recipient of the Dean Charles H. King full scholarship, as well as received two best oralist awards at national moot courts competitions and five Jurisprudence Achievement Awards. During this time, he externed with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Clifford Taylor. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy with high honors from the University of Michigan (A.B., 1990).