Michael G. Platner

Managing Partner

  • location icon Fort Lauderdale, FL
    110 SE 6th Street
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • location icon Atlanta, GA
    1180 Peachtree Street NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309
  • location icon New York, NY
    77 Water Street
    New York, NY 10005

Michael Platner is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member and chair of the Corporate Practice. Michael works with clients to develop and execute business savvy legal strategies for businesses from early stage through maturity and sale or merger, with a view towards maximizing benefit to their owners and investors.

As an experienced corporate and finance “deals” lawyer and strategist, often Michael acts as primary outside counsel to middle market companies owned by private individuals, investment and private equity firms and public companies. He manages litigation matters strategically with the client’s ultimate business goals in mind to achieve the best financial impacts and business solutions. His practice is focused on helping companies and their owners build value and manage risk. Michael has personally founded or been an early stage investor in several businesses, particularly in software, internet infrastructure, new media and cloud computing, providing significant additional understanding important to entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. Michael speaks nationally and abroad on applying merger and acquisition and partnering strategies to create value and liquidity and reduce or eliminate conflict.

Michael’s specific industry experience includes software, e-business, manufacturing, restaurant and hotel management and operating agreements, computer systems acquisition, internet strategies, including deals involving collocation, hosting, API licensing, trademark, copyright and URL disputes, terms of service and abuse, new ventures and emerging companies and other strategic business consulting, insurance, funeral homes and cemeteries, litigation and risk mitigation strategies, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

He has negotiated and closed several hundred transactions including partnerships, business sales and acquisitions, and corporate finance in technology, distribution, manufacturing, and real estate development. 

Publications

Author, Business Due Diligence Strategies, Leading Lawyers on Conducting Due Diligence on Today’s M & A Deals-- Inside the Minds, 2013

Author, Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2013, Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore

Author, Business Due Dilligence Strategies Update, 2014, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore

Author, Mergers and Acquisitions Update, 2014, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore

"Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2015: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year”, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore Thought Leadership (2015) - Contribution of Due Diligence Materials”

Professional Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker, Southeast Landmark Angels Venture Forum, “Avoiding Suboptimal Relationships While Growing A company”, Boca Raton, Fl. November 2012
  • Speaker, “Going Liquid,” Exit and value creation strategy seminar provided to Vistage and other CEO and owner groups
  • Speaker, Technology Law Seminar, South Florida Business Journal
  • Speaker, “Contracting for Cloud Computing, What You Need to Know,” Live Knowledge Congress Webcast, February, 2012

Admissions

Florida

Georgia

New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Associations

  • American Bar Association (Corporate, Banking and Business Law, Science and Technology, Antitrust Sections)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar CLE Instructor
  • Member, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), South Florida chapter
  • Member and Speaker, Vistage
  • Member, Computer Law Association
  • Past Member, Independent Computer Consultants Association
  • Member, International Franchise Association, Legal Affairs Legislative Committee
  • Past Member, Canadian American Business Alliance of South Florida, Inc.
  • Past Director, British American Chamber of Commerce, Fort Lauderdale Chapter
  • Founding Director, Florida-Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Previously of-Counsel, Broward Economic Development Board (Broward Alliance)
  • Past Director, Jewish National Fund
  • Past Special Counsel, Broward Alliance (Economic Development Organization)
  • Alumni, United Jewish Appeal, National Young Leadership Cabinet
  • Past Director, Fort Lauderdale Jewish Foundation
  • Past Director, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Past Business & Professional Division Chair

Awards & Honors

  • ALM Top Rated Lawyers
  • Recognized as the 2014 North American Corporate and Commercial Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly
  • Recognized as one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida TMTM in the 2007 – 2014 editions of the South Florida Legal Guide
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV* (which indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar)

Education

Emory University

Juris Doctor, Masters of Business Administration, 1982

Washington University

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1979

Harvard University Law/Business School

Workshop, 1997

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