Michael Calabrese is a partner and 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 more than 30,000-member pension system. Michael also served as the chief deputy county counsel and pension fund general counsel for the County of Merced, and as 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 leverages his extensive experience as a public servant and in-house counsel for pension funds and other government agencies to bring these types of clients a perspective that others cannot. Because he lived the duties of a public official and pension fund fiduciary on a daily basis for almost a decade, he understands the day-to-day needs, operations, and dynamics of a public pension fund to a depth that does not come from merely knowing the law or providing outside advice and services. In addition, because of his years as a public official, he has learned the operational, governance, and legal workings of government agencies with a unique breadth and depth. Michael regularly counsel both governmental client and private sector clients who have dealings with the public sector, helping them navigate challenges that are peculiar to the public sector.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
Presenter, “Private Market Investments,” interview to discuss private market investments. (December 7, 2022)
Co-Author, “A Summary of Certain Recent Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions” Investment Management Update (April 4, 2019)
Co-Author, “Strategic Relationship Agreements: Better Returns through Better Relationships, Journal of Securities Operations & Custody, Volume 12, Number 3 (February 4, 2020)
Frequent speaker at various national and regional conferences for public pension attorneys, including NAPPA, CalAPRS, and SACRS.
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).