Michael Hagele is an outside general counsel who lives and works in Silicon Valley. The types of companies he provides his legal services to are in the defense, biotechnology, aerospace, and internet industries. He owns and operates his own law firm. Prior to opening this law firm he worked for Fenwick & West LLP at the start of his career and various tech startups after that. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and at the University of California, Berkeley he earned his Juris Doctor degree.
As an experienced lawyer Michael Hagele has completed many corporate transactions including mergers & acquisitions. He has also legally protected intellectual property rights as well as having bought and sold them. He also provides legal advice to companies when employment issues come up as well as drafting and closing commercial agreements among his skills. His specialty is doing legal work for companies that are in their venture capital phase.
Beyond his work as an attorney, Michael Hagele has also become an investor in both the restaurant and hospitality industries. He has both founded his own businesses in these industries as well as providing funding to other startups. He says that one opening he didn’t enjoy was when he was establishing a new restaurant for a celebrity chef. As it turns out this chef was only interested in salary and not the business itself. He said this experience taught him to only work with people who are invested in seeing a new business succeed.
One key was that Michael Hagele says he stays focused on his work is by taking a break from it each and every day. His favorite activity is to go riding his bike which helps him clear his head and get a new perspective on some issue he is working through. He says he starts his day doing various legal work such as creating technology licensing agreements. His evenings, meanwhile, are usually spent on the phone where he works with his overseas business partners on their joint investments.
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