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J. Michael Bernard

J. Michael Bernard


Michigan, U.S.A.

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Mike Bernard is a member of the Corporate Finance Group and his practice focuses primarily on business counseling and planning, with an emphasis on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions (representing both buyer and sellers);
  • Capital raising transactions (including private placement, private equity and seed and venture financings);
  • Corporate formation matters (including shareholder control and buy-sell arrangements);
  • Corporate governance (for profit and nonprofit entities); and
  • Executive employment agreements and related matters. 

Mr. Bernard has experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, services and technology.

Mr. Bernard is a member of Dykema’s Executive Board and is the former leader of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group.


University of Cincinnati, J.D. University of Notre Dame, B.B.A.
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Notre Dame Club of Detroit, Award of the Year, 2003

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006-2014

Named a Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2005-2014

Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers & Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers 2014

Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007-2015.

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law, 2010-2014

Recipient of an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

World Services Group, Board of Directors and past Chair, North American Regional Council


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