Michael G. Platner

Managing Partner - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michael Platner is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Platner is the chair of the Corporate Practice and co-chair of the Securities & Corporate Finance 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, hospitality, joint venture and other corporate finance structuring, 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. 


Professional Presentations

  • Workshop Leader, “Going Liquid,” Michael leads a highly-anticipated series of ongoing workshops which provide actionable advice to business owners who want to successfully position their businesses for ultimate liquidity events. Michael has also led numerous virtual workshops titled “Going Forward,” providing valuable advice from leaders across various industries on how business owners can take proactive measures to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. For a list of upcoming events, view the Going Liquid page here.
  • Moderator, “The State of Venture Capital: How to Raise From VCs & Angels During a Pandemic,” TechFire, webinar, September 2020
  • Moderator, "Transforming a Company in Response to the Pandemic,” Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) South Florida, webinar, September 2020
  • Speaker, “Strategies for Business Owners,” hosted by Jeff Fratarcangeli of Fratarcangeli Wealth Management and joined by well-known investor and television personality Kevin O’Leary, Zoom podcast, July 2020
  • Speaker, "Advanced Business Contracts: Secrets Only the Top Attorneys Know", NBI Seminar, West Palm Beach, FL. October 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, Southeast Landmark Angels Venture Forum, “Avoiding Suboptimal Relationships While Growing A company”, Boca Raton, Fl. November 2012
  • Speaker, Technology Law Seminar, South Florida Business Journal
  • Speaker, “Contracting for Cloud Computing, What You Need to Know,” Live Knowledge Congress Webcast, February 2012


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • New York
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida




New York

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


  • Board member, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) South Florida
  • 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 2007–2018 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)


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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