Michael S. RobertsPartner
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In the BeginningTaft Stettinius & Hollister LLP traces its roots back to 1885, when Worthington & Strong was founded by Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong. John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm after its founding, at which point the firm became known as Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister. In January 1923, Judge Worthington passed away. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft (who later became a U.S. Senator) and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.The firm came to local prominence and national stature. For example, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.Strategic GrowthThrough a series of successful mergers and the establishment of new offices, Taft has become a premier regional law firm.
June 1983: Taft Cincinnati partner David Johnson moved to Columbus, Ohio to launch our Columbus office. As Taft continued to establish itself as a preeminent Ohio firm, it seemed appropriate that the firm should have an office in the state’s capital.
April 1986: The firm opened an office across the river in Northern Kentucky. Three Taft attorneys, including the current partner-in-charge of our Kentucky office, Robert Craig, relocated from the Cincinnati office to Covington to support our growing clientele throughout Kentucky.
January 2001: Cleveland-based Kelley, McCann & Livingstone joined the four attorneys in Taft’s Cleveland office. Known for its public law and litigation capabilities, the Kelley McCann lawyers welcomed the opportunity to join the Taft family and expand their services to clients throughout Northeast Ohio.
July 2003: Hugh Wall III joined the firm and opened Taft’s Dayton office, which gave Taft a physical presence in a city where it already had many clients. By 2009, the office had more than 30 attorneys, and it has continued to expand client services since then.
May 2008: Taft merged with Sommer Barnard, a prominent, full-service Indianapolis firm with more than 100 attorneys. The merger gave Taft and Sommer Barnard a regional presence, as well as greater depth in meeting a variety of business and individual legal needs.
September 2008: Taft’s commitment to the Cleveland region was enhanced with the merger of Kahn Kleinman, a highly respected commercial real estate, corporate, and tax firm. The merger was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the “10 Deals That Mattered Most in 2008.”
January 2012: Taft’s merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe strengthened its presence in Ohio’s capital city. In addition to litigation, business, labor & employment, and private client practices, CWS attorneys provided a sophisticated energy practice.
January 2014: Taft merged with Shefsky & Froelich, a Chicago law firm with 70 attorneys. The merger extended Taft’s footprint to the financial hub of the Midwestern region and enhanced Taft’s offerings to clients in other markets.
July 2017: Taft opened an office in Delaware, Ohio, due to the growth rate in Delaware County and clients' interest in doing business in Delaware County, among other factors.
January 2020: Taft combined with Minneapolis-based firm Briggs and Morgan, a firm of approximately 140 attorneys with experience in energy, finance, telecommunications, and transportation. Expanding Taft’s presence to the Twin Cities, a top market in the Midwest and flourishing business community, provides a larger platform to address the evolving needs of clients.
February 2021: Taft opened an office in Washington, DC, substantially expanding its existing group of public affairs professionals by establishing a new bipartisan and diverse federal, state, and local Public Affairs Strategies Group (PASG) in the nation’s capital and its Midwestern markets.
With 675 attorneys, Taft is more vibrant and engaged in a wider range of work than ever before — with clients, both individual and corporate, whose needs for legal services range from local to international in scope. The firm has 11 offices in six states, plus the District of Columbia:
In addition, the firm has an established Japanese practice based in the United States.
Throughout the firm's history, our focus has remained constant: to provide clients, both large and small, with sound legal guidance driven by a collaborative approach to gain optimal results.Show more +
Michael’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, private equity acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and other corporate transactions, on both a national and international level. As a member of Taft’s Business practice, he regularly represents private companies, entrepreneurs, private equity funds, venture capital funds, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. In addition to being an attorney, Michael is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Representative M&A Transactions
- Sale of a private label oral care company to a public company.
- Sales of multiple portfolios of student housing projects to public companies and financial buyers.
- Strategic acquisitions of paving and construction companies across the U.S. on behalf of a private equity firm.
- Sales of cannabis companies in the cultivation, distribution, and dispensary business to publicly-held companies.
- Strategic acquisitions of printing businesses across the U.S. on behalf of a private equity firm.
- Sales of medical and related practices to private equity firms.
- Sale of a medical device manufacturer to a public company.
- Strategic acquisitions of multiple digital marketing companies on behalf of a private company.
- Sale of an eDiscovery and artificial intelligence business to a private equity fund.
- Strategic acquisitions of veterinary practices on behalf of private equity funds.
- Strategic acquisitions of dental practices on behalf of private equity funds.
Representative International Transactions
- Strategic acquisitions by a purchaser in the Republic of Ireland of U.S. manufacturing companies.
- Strategic acquisitions of digital marketing companies in the U.S. on behalf of a U.K. company.
- Strategic acquisition of a U.K. medical device company on behalf of a U.S. purchaser.
- Preferred equity investment by an Australian pension fund in a hotel and office tower on behalf of the sponsor of the development.
- Acquisition of a technology company in India on behalf of a U.S. purchaser.
- Acquisition of a U.S. manufacturing company by a purchaser located in the Czech Republic.
- Strategic acquisition of a U.S. consulting company on behalf of a German company.
- Sale of a U.S. money transfer business to an international public company.
- Representation of a Netherlands company in multiple joint ventures with U.S. companies in the event staging business.
- Acquisition of a division of a U.S. distributing business from a U.K. company.
Representative Venture Capital Transactions
- Series B preferred investment in a crypto-currency exchange on behalf of the lead investor.
- Series B preferred financing on behalf of a security and privacy technology company.
- Convertible debt financing in a multi-state cannabis company on behalf of a family office.
- Series seed preferred financing in an oral care company on behalf of a family office.
- Series A preferred financing in a national gas company on behalf of a venture fund.
- Series seed preferred financing in a pharmaceutical company on behalf of a venture fund.
- Series A preferred financing on behalf of a health care digital platform company.
- Preferred stock investment in an international money transfer business on behalf of a venture fund.
- Series seed preferred investments of health care startup companies on behalf of a venture capital group.
- Convertible note financing of a digital real estate company on behalf of a family office.
Joint Ventures and Corporate Transactions
- Joint venture with a Chicago office tower and hotel developer on behalf of the equity investor.
- Multiple joint ventures throughout the U.S. with a student housing developer on behalf of the equity investor.
- Joint venture with a Florida hotel and office tower developer on behalf of the equity investor.
- Joint venture with a west coast real estate developer on behalf of the equity investor.
- Joint venture with a Texas office tower developer on behalf of the investor.
- Multiple joint ventures with hotel developers on behalf of the equity investor.
- Restructuring of high net-worth family offices.
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