Mike is the former senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of eBay. During his 17-year tenure as eBay general counsel, he grew its legal department from two lawyers into a 400-person global team and guided the company through a wide range of high-profile legal matters, including its highly successful 1998 IPO; its 2002 $1.5 billion acquisition of fintech pioneer PayPal – the spinoff of which he completed in 2015 – and its $2.6 billion acquisition and later profitable sale of Skype. At the helm of eBay’s legal department, Mike spearheaded the company’s regulatory relationships and its government policy group. He also established several key internet and IP legal principles by winning seminal cases such as eBay v. MercExchange (patents), Tiffany v. eBay (trademarks) and eBay v. Bidder’s Edge (trespass applied to the internet). As a member of the Company’s executive team throughout his tenure, he helped grow revenue, profits, cash flow and market cap more than 100 fold.
Mike began his legal career at Cooley LLP where he served as partner and head of the firm’s public securities practice prior to joining eBay. He has represented clients in private financings, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets offerings, including initial public offerings, convertible debt and high-yield debt offerings. He also has extensive experience advising public and private companies on general corporate issues.
While attending law school at Stanford University, Mike was the Nathan Abbot Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.