Mike started his legal career in 2005 as an Associate in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group of Thompson & Knight LLP. After leaving Thompson & Knight, Mike worked in various in-house roles of increasing responsibility with Toshiba and Hewlett- Packard Enterprise, expanding his experience in a variety of industries, including; renewable energy, oil and gas, manufacturing and power generation, among others. Mike is currently Managing Legal Counsel, Americas, for the Hempel Group, a global provider of protective, marine and decorative coatings products.
In 2009, Mike founded Nighthawk Machinery, a manufacturer and distributor of solid tires and rubber tracks for the construction industry, which was acquired by a competitor in 2018. Since 2018, Mike has invested in several start-ups and early stage companies and has been active as an advisor in various legal and non-legal capacities. In addition to his role with Hempel, Mike is Of Counsel with Johnsen Law, a boutique business law firm, where he uses his unique skill set to advise a select handful of start-ups and early stage companies from the idea stage through scale-up.
Mike is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Duke University School of Law.