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“Along with being an expert in Intellectual Property, Mike is a great contract negotiator. He has the knowledge and skill to protect the interests of the company along with the common sense to be a facilitator to the close of a balanced deal. This is true in sales as well as generalist contracts (leases, real estate, partnerships, internal use applications, employment offers and releases, etc). Mike is also a valued contributor in corporate compliance including SoX, periodic reporting and, in the case of our time together, a complex go-private transaction.”  

-Jim Clark, former EVP & CFO, Critical Path, Inc. 


“Mike brings practical business experience and advice to the table in addition to his legal skills. Mike is responsive, thoughtful and often able to help the business prevent issues from developing into problems. I recommend Mike without reservation.” 

-P. Tracy Currie, President and CEO, Orbid Corporation


“Mike was the general counsel of Critical Path during a particularly complex [merger] transaction. Mike's knowledge of the business and the legal complexities were critical for enabling the transaction to move forward in an expeditious manner. He was both extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.”

-Ashley Fieglein, Principal, General Atlantic LLC


“I had the pleasure of being Mike Plumleigh’s partner at Cooley Godward. He is the consummate transactional attorney. A superb, detail-oriented lawyer, who gets the job done while never losing site of his clients' best interests. A zealous advocate indeed! On top of it, he's an extraordinarily affable guy, and a pleasure to work with.” 

-Myles Silton, General Counsel, Sr. VP Business Affairs, Live Nations Artists (division of Live Nation)


“Mike is a hands-on, deal oriented attorney who does not mind rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting. His wide legal background brings a strategic perspective to both deal specific issues and broader policy initiatives. He has been a pleasure to work with!”

-Brian Burnett, Sr. VP Sales, Americas & APAC, Critical Path, Inc.


“Michael is a superb negotiator, who not only represents his clients well, but also is smart enough to look for a win/win on both sides. I enjoyed working with Mike, even at times when things got difficult. He's a real professional.”

-Stephen Smith, VP Business and Corporate Development, Register.com (opposite party in transaction)


“I have always found Mike to be an experienced General Counsel in all areas of company operation. In particular I have worked with Mike on numerous contracts involving software licensing and IPR including both incoming technology from vendors and sales contracts to customers. Mike always displays a calm and controlled manner.”

-Barry Twohig, EVP Engineering, Critical Path, Inc.


“Mike has a top-notch legal mind, but--importantly-- combines that with a practical understanding of the realities of doing business in the high-tech arena. Mike excels at getting the job done, and as others have said, he's an absolute pleasure to work with.” 

-Michael Hauptman, Associate General Counsel, Symyx Technologies


“Michael is a great professional and has excelled at negotiating win/win outcomes, in guiding our IP & biz dev activities, and guiding our management and Board. I've enjoyed working with Michael and recommend him highly.” 

-Donald Dew, CTO & EVP, Product Management, Critical Path, Inc.


“Mike Plumleigh is a very approachable, business-friendly attorney who is able to offer sound business advice while properly assessing legal risk. In short, he's a nice, competent guy! I would be happy to work with him again.”

-Alex Paul, Associate General Counsel, PlanetOut Inc.


“Mike has a very well-rounded skill set and consistently provides insightful counsel on both legal and business issues. His understanding of the myriad issues in the high tech space has proved invaluable to the company over the past several years.”

-Bruce Warren, Director, Product Marketing, Critical Path, Inc.





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