Michael B. Kirwan is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He counsels business clients on securities, acquisitions, financings, corporate governance matters, and fund formations. Michael has worked on numerous public and private offerings, including IPOs and follow-on offerings, represented many companies with their periodic reporting obligations and other matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, represented special committees of boards of directors, and handled a variety of business combinations, venture capital matters, and real estate fund formations. He has significant experience in the banking, insurance and REIT industries. Michael represents a number of publicly traded companies that are listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and OTCQX. He is a designated advisor for disclosure for OTCQX listed companies. Michael is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Finance & Financial Institutions and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices.
Prior to joining Foley in 2006, Michael was a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP. He then became the general counsel and eventually the chief operating officer for Encore Development, Inc., a national technology consulting firm.
In 2015, Michael was recommended by The Legal 500 for his work in mergers and acquisitions. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2014 and he has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.
He has written numerous articles for various Florida Bar publications and trade journals.
Michael is a former president of the North Florida Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Michael received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1984.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Michael is admitted to practice in Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the American and Jacksonville Bar Associations.
Community EngagementMichael has served on numerous civic and charitable boards, including the board of trustees for Jacksonville Episcopal High School, the board of directors of Scenic Jacksonville, Inc., the board of directors of Floridians for Good Government, Inc., and numerous Athena Powerlink advisory panels. He is a former chairman of the City of Jacksonville’s Ethics Commission.