Ephraim Michael

emichael@patelburkhalter.com o 678.400.0202

Experience Highlights

Ephraim is a business attorney with extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property, real estate and corporate law. He has worked as a contract attorney and consultant for various corporations and law firms for the past twenty years.

Throughout his legal career, Ephraim has drafted, reviewed and negotiated various commercial contracts, including software and technology licensing agreements, software development and distribution agreements, outsourcing agreements (IT and Human Resources), data/content license agreements, web site development agreements, web site affiliation agreements and web content licenses, and residential and commercial leases.  He has also drafted and reviewed documents in connection with mergers, acquisitions and private placements, primarily for technology companies.

Ephraim also has a passion for music, and began his career in the music industry playing bass in many bands over the years.  While never achieving any noteworthy success as a musician, he considered the enjoyment of playing music was its own reward and went on to experience the business side of the industry as an intern in the business and legal affairs department of Jive Records in the mid 90′s while attending Columbia Law School in New York City. Ephraim merges his passion for music with his legal career and has counseled numerous clients regarding the protection and exploitation of their creative works. He has also negotiated a wide variety of entertainment and technology deals. After graduating from law school, Ephraim moved to Atlanta to work as a corporate finance associate with Powell Goldstein (now Bryan Cave), where he continued to develop his business, technology and entertainment practice. He also worked for several years as VP of Business and Legal Affairs of the NASDAQ listed entertainment company, Platinum Entertainment, and with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig prior to starting his own firm in Atlanta.

Ephraim received his undergraduate education from Tuskegee University, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After working for several years as a design engineer for International Paper Company, he received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was distinguished as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, and the Staff Editor of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is active in the Bar’s Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections.