Developing innovative pricing structures and alternative fee agreement models that deliver additional value for our clients.
Advancing professional knowledge and offering credits for attorneys, staff and other professionals.
Helping clients respond correctly when a crisis occurs.
Providing our clients with legal, strategic, and practical advice to make transformational changes in their organizations.
Leveraging law and technology to deliver sound solutions.
Delivering seamless service through partnerships across the globe.
Leveraging leading-edge technology to guide change and create seamless, collaborative experiences for clients and attorneys.
Industry-leading conferences focused on affordable housing, tax credits, and more.
Providing actionable information to support strategic decision-making.
Teaming with clients to advance sustainable projects, mitigate the effects of climate change, and protect our planet.
Offering a range of investment management and fiduciary services.
Bringing together companies and investors for tomorrow’s new deals.
Offering fresh insights on cases that are delayed, over budget, or off-target from the desired resolution.
Courtroom-ready lawyers who can resolve disputes early on clients’ terms or prevail at trial before a judge or jury.
Creating positive impact in our communities through increasing equity, access, and opportunity.
I work with clients ranging from privately held emerging growth companies to large public companies as well as investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds, primarily in the life sciences, healthcare, and technology industries.
I represent companies and investment banks (as underwriters, placement agents, and sales agents) in primary and secondary public offerings of debt and equity securities. I also advise publicly held companies in complying with federal securities laws and regulations and stock exchange listing rules, particularly with respect to disclosure and corporate governance obligations.
I represent acquirors and targets, both public and private, in a range of M&A transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, tender offers, and going private transactions. I also work with emerging growth companies in myriad matters ranging from formation to funding to exits (and all things in between).
I act as outside general counsel to assist clients in general corporate and securities matters, including SEC reporting and compliance, Nasdaq and NYSE listing and compliance, corporate governance, investor relations, and executive compensation.
We will continue to see a heightened focus on issues of climate and other environmental, social, and governance matters, particularly as they relate to federal and state securities laws and regulations, stock exchange listing rules, and accompanying disclosure obligations for publicly held companies, diversity and inclusion at the board level and otherwise, and related risks and opportunities.
Michael joined Nixon Peabody in August 2021. The representative work set forth below may reflect experience from prior firms.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science
Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Michael is a member of the American and the Orange County bar associations. In addition, Michael is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, a middle-market focused networking group. Michael is also a frequent guest lecturer in legal considerations for venture capital transactions at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
This article covering Trinity Hunt Partners’ majority investment in life sciences digital marketing agency Supreme Optimization mentions NP for serving as Supreme’s legal advisor in the deal. Los Angeles Corporate partner Michael Lawhead led the NP deal team, which also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester, Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles, and Andrew Share of Manchester; San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight; Corporate associates Jacalyn Smith of Chicago and Brian Kenney of Washington, DC; and Los Angeles senior paralegal Mina Gonzaque-Taylor and Chicago paralegal Astrid McGruder, both of the Corporate practice.
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