Michael D. Gibson has more than 39 years of experience in all aspects of business and corporate law. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney.
Michael represents commercial business enterprises in a range of industries, including auto suppliers, logistic companies, healthcare entities and construction contractors. He provides assistance with corporate agreements (shareholder, franchise, consulting, confidentiality, non-compete, employment, sales representative, severance, termination, sales terms and conditions); banking related documents; leases and purchases of real estate; joint ventures; entity formation; bylaws; corporate governance issues; license and operating agreements; securities law and SEC filings. Michael represents U.S.-based businesses as well as many entities headquartered in Europe and China
A particular strength of Michael’s practice is in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including mergers with publicly traded companies, reverse mergers into public corporations, PIPE transactions, management buyouts of divisions and subsidiaries of private and public companies, the sale and purchase of family owned entities and purchase and sale of troubled companies in workout situations. His work on these projects includes entity structure, drafting of all pertinent documents, legal due diligence, securities filings and consultation with clients as to strategy and negotiations.
Michael also works closely with individuals and corporate clients in the estate and family planning context. This includes analysis and consultation regarding usage of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate transition planning and structuring, insurance trusts, life insurance, annuities, self-canceling installment notes, and discussions with families and corporations on the practical aspects of financial tools.
Michael was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.
- State Bar of Michigan
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Michigan Seniors Golf Association, Board of Governors
Bar and Court Admissions
- Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
- Dewitt C. Holbrook Scholar
- Boston College, M.B.A
- Xavier University, B.A.
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December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
November 30, 2017
November 30, 2017
November 17, 2017
Detroit Legal News covers Detroit Chinese Business Association recognition of Kerr Russell, and Jim Cambridge on ChinaDaily.com (Michigan trade group spurs China-US ties)
November 16, 2017
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November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
October 21, 2017
October 13, 2017
September 19, 2017
Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing
January 15, 2017
Kerr Russell receives consecutive awards from The M&A Advisor: John Gatti and Mike Gibson receive 2016 “Materials Deal of the Year” Award
November 6, 2016
Kerr, Russell, Rich Buslepp and Michael D. Gibson receive "Materials Deal of the Year" Award from The M&A Advisor
November 1, 2016
August 10, 2016
Kerr Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson named finalists by M&A Advisor for Restructuring Deal of the year Award.
February 10, 2016
Recently represented a family-owned home products business in an $85,000,000 sale of stock to a NYSE company.
Counsel for a HMO that was owned by five Detroit area hospitals related to the $200,000,000 sale of the HMO.
Recently represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to the acquisition of controlling interest in a U.S.-based auto parts company with an enterprise value of $100,000,000.
Counsel for national health care staffing company, DME provider and mail order pharmacy related to IPO.