Attorney at Law
Michael has held several executive and senior legal positions for multinational companies. Michael previously practiced law in the Washington, DC Office of Jones Day, a leading global law firm. He has been published in United States and international law journals, interviewed… read more on National Public Radio for his expertise.
Jan 2016 - Present
Private practice international corporate, commercial, and regulatory attorney and external general counsel for start-up enterprises.
Smiths Detection Inc.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Feb 2012 - Nov 2015
General counsel and corporate secretary for US$500M subsidiary of global, FTSE-100 engineering and high technology manufacturing conglomerate. Leadership of legal department, reporting to the President of Smiths Detection Inc. Member of executive team. Managed $5M+ legal budget. Reduced outside counsel expenses by 20%. Reduced third party insurance coverage by 75%.
Interim Head of Legal & General Counsel
Oct 2011 - Jan 2012
Interim general counsel for privately held global intellectual property consulting company. Led North America and Asia-Pacific legal affairs with joint oversight over EMEA. Mandate to provide assessment of legal department in preparation for leveraged buyout. Led implementation of new contract management system.
Assistant General Counsel
Jun 2006 - May 2011
Managed Africa, Asia-Pacific, & Teleport legal affairs for US$2.5B, NYSE-traded global satellite communications provider. Received CEO Excellence Awards: 2010, 2009, 2007 for innovation and revenue generation.
Jan 2003 - Jun 2006
Deputy US Telecommunications Law Practice Director. Led negotiation and drafting of high technology, telecom, enterprise network, and software licensing transactions. Represented clients on aspects of US and international technology law, intellectual property, and international trade compliance. Represented clients before FCC, FTC, State Department, Commerce Department, and foreign regulators.
Michael Mendelson, Attorneyat Law
Jul 2001 - Jan 2003
Independent law practice. Negotiated high tech, telecom, and software licensing agreements. Counseled clients on telecom/media and intellectual property law, regulation, and policy. Represented clients before the FCC and FTC.
Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman
Mar 1999 - Jun 2000
Associate in Telecommunications and Government Affairs practice groups. Draft state, FCC, and international telecommunications licenses. Counsel clients on export control regulation compliance. Advise clients on telecom and international trade regulatory developments, draft responses to rulemaking proceedings, and advocate before FCC, Commerce, and State Departments accordingly.
Sep 1997 - Jan 1999
Advised U.S. and international satellite communication business on telecom, IT, export control, and intellectual property law, regulation, and policy.