Michael is a nationally recognized corporate and securities lawyer for emerging and high-growth companies. He provides strategic counseling primarily in the healthtech, consumer, enterprise, fintech and cloud and internet industries.
Michael’s passion for working with cutting-edge companies that are transforming industries and improving lives stems from his experience as general counsel of a venture-backed healthtech company. That inside view enables him to deeply understand entrepreneurs and anticipate their business and legal needs over a company’s entire lifecycle.
Michael is particularly active in healthtech and was named one of nine “behind-the scenes players who can make or break a digital-health startup” by Business Insider. He also serves as an advisor to the sector’s leading seed fund, Rock Health. A regular contributor to Fenwick’s Life Sciences Legal Insights blog, Michael frequently writes about the latest issues and trends affecting the ever-evolving healthtech industry and shares additional insights on Twitter at @mtesquivel. Michael is also the co-host of Closing Time, a new podcast that provides an inside look at the world of healthcare startups and venture capital. In addition to his active practice, Michael is passionate about helping the future leading startup attorneys and the next generation of entrepreneurs, teaching Venture Capital at Stanford’s Law School for the last five years