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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Arizona State University-Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 1995, Arizona State Law Journal, editorial board; completed the Mexican Legal Studies Program presented by the University of Houston Law Center in Mexico City, 1993
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, 1984, Graduate of a seminary and of the Instituto de Lengua Española in Costa Rica
Michael Patterson specializes in helping businesses resolve their legal needs cost-effectively by quickly identifying key issues, focusing the right expert resources, and executing on the plan.

Mike understands his clients have a business to run successfully and that the legal side is only one of many challenges to be profitable and compete in their marketplace.

A business lawyer with special expertise in securities and international issues, he sees himself as part of the client’s team and tries to provide alternatives where possible understanding that at any given time in a dynamic marketplace, all legal alternatives have strategic and economic cost and benefit that the client must weigh.

Mike, also known as "Miguel" as he lived and worked in Latin America for more than 10 years (Costa Rica, Leon, Mexico City), reads, writes, speaks, and negotiates in Spanish. His international experience goes far beyond Latin America – in the last two years he has assisted clients with needs in Canada, Asia, Eastern/Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and all over Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Represented a company through its lifecycle of product development, consulting with an international nuclear giant, and selling to that international nuclear company. Handled the successful resolution of disputes over earn-outs in the years following.
  • Successful corporate representation of a distribution company in preparation for a coming offering. Managed corporate clean up and due diligence. Preparation the first SEC “plain English” pilot prospectus for an initial public offering.
  • From first meeting with Italian owners of a manufacturing company to address their many questions about cost, timing, United States and international legal, cultural, and business issues, to planning and budgeting to formation of an entity and coordination of services to get them quickly into business in Arizona.
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PolsinelliOnInternational.com Blog
June 9, 2016
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Arizona Growth Advisors: Global Perspectives – A Panel Discussion
Panel members Michael Patterson, Fernando Almeida, Cliff Schertz
February 18, 2016
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Best Practices for Effective Import & Export Compliance Programs
Presentation to the 9th Annual Empowering Today's Accountant Seminar.  Presented to the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance and the Institute of Management Accountants.
August 2015
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The State of M&A - Valulations and Exit Strategies
Arizona CEO Summit
Panel Moderator Mike Patterson and Panel Member Phil Guttilla
January 30, 2014
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FINRA Arbitration: Good, Bad or Ugly
State Bar of Arizona; Securities Regulation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
December 4, 2013
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Cross-Border Legal Matters with Mexico
State Bar of Arizona Business Law Section Educational Program
April 2013
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Business Law and You!
East Valley Entrepreneurial Center, Mesa Community College, Lunch & Learn Series, Spring 2013
February 2013
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Update on Mexican Cross-Border Real Estate Issues
Arizona State Bar Real Estate Section
Feb 2009
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Cross-Border Real Estate Issues
Arizona State Bar Real Estate Section
Nov 2007
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Working Cross-Border
Maricopa County Bar Association
Sep 2005