Mike Morrissey is a Partner in the firm’s Technology Transactions Practice Group. For over 25 years, he has represented fast-growing technology companies in their most important transactions. He has been a partner in law firms, an in-house counsel and a business executive, and brings a pragmatic approach to getting deals done.
Mike enjoys working with companies to learn their technology, business and goals, and to help them structure, negotiate and document their deals to accomplish those goals. He has extensive experience across a wide variety of transactions, including corporate partnering deals, technology licensing, commercial/distribution agreements and mergers and acquisitions. With his experience, he helps companies structure their transactions to anticipate and avoid problems, mitigate risk and meet business objectives.
Mike practiced law for many years in Silicon Valley, before moving to Northern Virginia over 10 years ago. Mike started his legal career as a corporate associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, leaving with the founding team of Venture Law Group (VLG) to help start that firm. At VLG, he was the head of the Technology Transactions Group and served as a member of VLG’s Executive Committee. After VLG’s merger with Heller Ehrman, Mike left with a group of colleagues to join Orrick as a Partner. He subsequently formed a small, 2-partner law firm focusing on startups, which he left in 2011 to join one of his fast-growing clients, MobileIron, to serve as its General Counsel. MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL) was #1 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 in 2014 for revenue growth from 2009-2013. As MobileIron grew, Mike accepted a new challenge as Vice President of Corporate Development, continuing to work on its most strategic transactions, but from a business perspective.
Mike has worked with many members of the VLP team before, both as a client when he was at MobileIron, and as colleagues when they worked together at VLG. He joined VLP in 2019.
- J.D., UC Berkeley Law, 1990, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, California Law Review, American Jurisprudence Awards (Contracts, Property)
- M.S., Computer Science, Stanford University, 1987
- A.B., Philosophy-Logic of Formal Systems, Stanford University, 1986, with Distinction