SF SPCA – Mission Campus
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco CA 94103
SF SPCA – Pacific Heights Campus
2343 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Michael has been practicing law in San Francisco since 1989. He assists clients in all facets of business, real estate, estate planning, charitable giving and tax. After having spent the first decade of his legal career working at prominent mid-sized firms, in 1999 he followed the path of many of his start-up clients and launched his own Firm representing emerging growth companies. Today, the Firm has grown to a full-service law firm with offices in San Francisco and Malibu, California.
Michael is also a senior adjunct professor at Golden Gate University in the Masters of Law/Masters of Science (Taxation) program, where he has taught courses on S corporations and limited liability companies for more than 20 years.
Michael has published numerous business and tax-related articles in leading law treatises and journals such as Advising California Limited Liability Companies (CEB), California Business Law Practitioner (CEB), Journal of Taxation, Journal of S Corporation Taxation, American Journal of Tax Policy, California Tax Lawyer, Commercial Law Journal, and Trademark World. He is also a frequent lecturer on the topic of limited liability companies (LLCs) for the State Bar of California, Bar Association of San Francisco, and various tax groups throughout the State of California.
Michael has been named a Super Lawyer® of Northern California nearly every year since 2004. Only the top 5% of the lawyers in the State of California receive this prestigious designation. He is also rated A/V Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence, with very high ethical standards.
In 2003, after 21 years of military service, Michael retired honorably as a Major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves. Among other responsibilities, he prepared hundreds of Wills and Powers of Attorney for deployed soldiers and their families. He earned numerous medals and awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Platoon Leadership Development Award, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Chief of Staff’s award for Excellence in Legal Service.
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center. This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.