Mike works with companies as an in-house attorney resource for small and mid-size businesses. In this capacity he assists companies on a broad range of corporate issues including various contract advice (employment, IT, licensing, consulting and service agreements), estate and income tax advice, corporate record maintenance, real estate, IP protection, employment advice, securities issues, litigation and a spectrum of other issues that confront these companies.
In addition to his role with Goodrich Law Firm, LLC, Mike is the principal in First Avenue Ventures, LLC, an Alabama company focused on growing businesses. In this capacity, he serves as the chair of the board for portfolio companies Alabama Outdoors, Select My Space and Kiosk Evolution. He also reviews potential acquisitions and additional capital investments in the portfolio company.
Mike has also assisted numerous businesses through the process of becoming a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) or other business entity, regardless of whether such businesses are in the start-up process, going through business growth and needing a change of corporate structure, adding or buying out owners, or transitioning to a complete ownership change. In the course of these representations or as completely separate from this process, he has assisted businesses and business owners in the preparation of shareholder (buy-sell) agreements and operating agreements. Mike has also negotiated and closed several mergers and acquisitions as counsel for both buyers and sellers, as well as closing counsel.
Before establishing the Goodrich Law Firm and Red Mountain Law, Mike worked as a solo attorney and small-business consultant in Decatur, Georgia. In this capacity, he worked with numerous small and mid-sized companies on business plans and venture financing, in addition to general legal corporate work. Between 1997 and 2001, Mike worked in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Bradley Arant Rose & White, LLP. Additionally, in 2000, Mike and a partner started Webcupboard, Birmingham’s first Internet grocery store. Webcupboard customers ordered online and had groceries delivered to their homes or businesses. This venture gave him experience in all aspects of managing, operating and financing a small business including the development and implementation of a business plan.
Mike has also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is married to Elizabeth Cole Goodrich, who is also the Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. The couple has three children — Catherine, Gibson and Andrew.