david f. michailDavid serves as the chief strategist and managing shareholder of metlawgroup, a premier AV®-Rated Media, Entertainment and Technology transactional law practice in Southern California. He is frequently retained as “consulting counsel” by several other law firms, and represents both venture-backed start-ups and Fortune 1000 clients in various IT and marketing/promotional related projects. His practice niche includes an unique combination of New Media, Advertising and Marketing Law, Entertainment, Technology and Internet, Intellectual Property, Corporate Finance and complex Commercial transactions.
David’s published articles, blogs and radio commentary have covered a myriad of business topics including user generated content, accessing capital, intellectual property, Internet privacy, interactive media and has covered leading cases in the convergence of technology and entertainment industries.
He is also a frequent guest speaker and panelist regarding various corporate, finance, internet, advertising and business related issues throughout Southern California. Additionally, Mr. Michail has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s top attorneys with its prestigious Southern California SuperLawyers award for 2005 through 2010. He is also recognized by his peers as among the top 2 CA lawyers and top 43 US lawyers in technology/ outsourcing law by Law & Politics Magazine for 2008 and 2009.
Prior to forming his own law practice, Mr. Michail served as Rare Medium, Inc’s (NASDAQ: RRRR) West Coast Director of Legal Affairs, advising on all business and technology initiatives for Rare Medium’s Western US offices. David also served as Rare Medium’s Venture Manager for its $70 MM Institutional Venture Fund, underwritten by Bear Stearns and Apollo Capital. In his role with the LA venture capital office, Mr. Michail was responsible to evaluate financing transactions and performing corporate, business and legal due diligence on Internet-based investment opportunities.
Mr. Michail is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, California and Colorado. David is also licensed to appear before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals (4th Circuit) and the United States District Court, Central District of California.