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Jonathan Michaels

MichaelsJonathan
Partner
Co-chair, Business & Tax Group
T206.757.8102
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Jonathan Michaels is a business lawyer and co-chair of Davis Wright Tremaine's business and tax group, concentrating his practice on transactions and serving as outside general counsel to companies. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as particular expertise in joint ventures and strategic alliances. His clients include Microsoft, The Seattle Times, Starbucks, Emeritus Corporation, and MultiCare Health System.

Jonathan has spoken at or chaired legal seminars on a variety of business law topics, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, choice of business entity and coping with business regulations.

Representative Experience

Acquisition for Starbucks Corporation

Represented Starbucks in the acquisition of Bay Bread LLC (La Boulange).

Acquisition for Microsoft

Represented Microsoft in the acquisition of MarketingPilot Software, LLC.

Joint venture for Microsoft

Represented Microsoft in a health care IT joint venture with GE, creating Caradigm.

Acquisition for Starbucks

Acquisition of Evolution Fresh.

Acquisition for Cascade Designs, Inc.

Acquisition of Mountain Safety Research (MSR).

Acquisitions for Pioneer Human Services

Acquisitions of K&H Printers, Hamlin & Associates, Second Chance, and Allvest.

Acquisitions for Sage Manufacturing

Acquisitions of RIO Products and Redington.

Joint venture for Trident Seafoods

Joint venture with CBSFA.

Joint venture for Virginia Mason Medical Center

Formation of collective purchasing joint venture.

Joint venture for Sustainable Living Technology

Joint venture with Intellectual Ventures.

Licensing agreements for Microsoft Corporation

License agreements with Psytechnics and Deutsche Telecom.

Sale of business for MultiCare Health System

Sale of MultiCare Consulting Services.

Sale of business for Maverick Productions

Sale to Touch Worldwide.

Sale of Sleep Country USA

Sale to Fenway Partners.

Sale of business for Sunriver Industries

Sale to Conestoga.

Sale of Warehouse Demo Services

Sale to Daymon Worldwide.

Sale of interest for Hawaii Pacific Health and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

Sale of partnership interest to Sonic Healthcare.

Strategic alliances for Microsoft Corporation

Strategic alliances with Nortel Networks, Motorola, Polycom, Samsung, Logitech, Tatung, Thompson Telecom, LG-Nortel, Sanyo and Plantronics.

Strategic alliances for Starbucks Coffee Company

Strategic alliances with Bell Mobility, Hewlett-Packard, Magic Johnson Development, Courtesy Products, Pepsi Lipton Partnership, and Unilever.

Strategic alliances for Intellectual Ventures

Strategic alliances with British Broadcasting Corporation, UT Austin, and others.

Investments for Emeritus Corporation

Investments in China Senior Housing and China Healthcare Fund.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Past or Present Board Member for various organizations, including Seafair and MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest
  • Co-chair, Business Transactions Department, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Corporate Act Revision Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • Nonprofit Corporation Act Committee, Washington State Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America’s Leading Business Lawyers" in Corporate/Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters 
  •  Named in The Legal 500; Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts