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Jonathan Michaels

Co-chair, Business & Tax Group
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 The Seattle Times, Starbucks, Microsoft, Sage Manufacturing, Mutual of Enumclaw, and Eden Rock Wireless.

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 of Bay Bread for Starbucks Coffee Company

Represented Starbucks in the $100 million acquisition of Bay Bread.

Acquisition of MarketingPilot Software LLC by Microsoft

Represented Microsoft in the acquisition of MarketingPilot Software, LLC, maker of automated marketing campaign software. (2012)

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.

Licensing agreements for Microsoft Corporation

License agreements with Psytechnics and Deutsche Telecom.

Sale of business for Maverick Productions

Sale to Touch Worldwide.

Sale of business for Sleep Country USA

Sale to Fenway Partners.

Sale of business for Sunriver Industries

Sale to Conestoga.

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.

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

  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters 
  •  Named in The Legal 500; Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts