Michael J. Conway has an extensive background as a litigator, transactional attorney, and in-house general counsel. Mr. Conway’s clients include corporations, closely-held businesses, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, and shareholders. His industry experience includes real estate, banking, restaurants, franchises, educational products, Internet sales and marketing, advertising, and telemarketing.
Mr. Conway handles a wide range of business-related disputes, including complex contract, business fraud, real estate, partnership, intellectual property, employment, and bankruptcy litigation. During his more than four-year tenure as in-house counsel for an educational products marketing corporation with more than 20 inter-related companies in multiple states, Mr. Conway routinely handled a variety of litigation matters, including the defense of a $478 million lawsuit filed against the companies and owners by the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Conway provides guidance to business owners and executives on many substantive issues, including contract negotiations, leasing, labor and employment matters, and regulatory, advertising and licensing issues. His significant experience as both a litigation and transactional attorney provides his clients with a unique perspective on successfully managing brands, growth, competition, marketing, acquisitions, and capital.
Represented heirs of a deceased partner in a general partnership dispute. Successfully arbitrated issues of dissociation and payment of full market value at over twice the amount offered by the partnership.
Represented minority shareholder in a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against majority shareholder of private school. Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement after an 8-day trial.
Represented restaurant owner in dispute with landlord over lack of parking and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Obtained a $1.8 million judgment in bifurcated judicial reference action.
Represented dentist in arbitration over sale of dental practice and dispute regarding terms of sale. Obtained arbitration award exceeding $700,000.
Represented hotel owner in successfully mediating and settling lawsuit for alleged violations of Americans With Disabilities Act relating to use of service animals at hotel.
- J.D., Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Loyola Law School, 1995
- B.A., Cum Laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992
- Chief Justice, Scott Moot Court Honors Board
- State of California
- State of Massachusetts
- Federal District Court, Central District of California – 1995
- Federal District Court, Southern District of California – 2001
- Federal District Court, Northern District of California – 2003
- Member, California State Bar
- Member, Massachusetts State Bar
- Board of Governors, Loyola Law School (1998-2008, President, 2004-05)
- 2005-2009, Rising Star Award, Law & Politics and Southern California Super Lawyers magazines
- Three Pitfalls to Avoid When Operating a Family-Run Business, Family Law News, May 2006
- Stopping the Merry-Go-Round: The Choice Between California and Federal Preclusion Law Can Determine the Outcome of a Second Action.
- Fraud Claims: Getting a Second Bite – A look at the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Archer v. Warner, Los Angeles Lawyer, Co-Author, December 1999
- Pre-Petition Litigation Regarding Non-Dischargeable Debt: The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Archer v. Warner, Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December 2003
- Contract Issues Involving Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 2003
- Speaker, Electronic Resellers Association International annual conference March 2001