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Jonathan Michaels

Jonathan Michaels concentrates his practice on business transactions. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as particular expertise in joint ventures and strategic alliances. His clients include Microsoft, Starbucks, The Seattle Times, Amazon, and MultiCare Health System. He has particular experience in technology, health care, and digital health.

Jonathan is ranked by Chambers USA and other leading legal publications. Chambers has recognized Jonathan for his "strong reputation for business transactions, such as M&A and joint ventures" and noted that "he has worked with a number of high-profile clients."

Jonathan also acts as outside general counsel to companies.

Representative Experience

Acquisition of GoConcierge for Expedia

Represented Expedia and its subsidiary in the acquisition of GoConcierge, a SaaS (software as a service) business.

Acquisition for Microsoft

Represented Microsoft in the acquisition of Deis, a workflow management software company.

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.

Acquisition for Starbucks

Acquisition of Evolution Fresh.

Acquisition for Cascade Designs, Inc.

Acquisition of Mountain Safety Research (MSR).

Acquisition for PATH

Acquisition of OneWorld Health.

Acquisitions for Sage Manufacturing

Acquisitions of RIO Products and Redington.

Joint Venture for MultiCare

Joint venture with CHI Franciscan Health to build behavioral health hospital.

Joint venture for Sonic Healthcare

Joint venture with health system to build lab facility.

Joint venture for Virginia Mason Medical Center

Formation of collective purchasing joint venture.

Joint venture for Microsoft

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

Joint venture for Sustainable Living Technology

Joint venture with Intellectual Ventures.

Joint venture for Trident Seafoods

Joint venture with CBSFA.

Sale of Emerald Services Inc.

Represented Emerald Services, Inc. in the sale of the company to Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Clean Harbors Inc.

Sale of business for Microsoft

Sale of mapping business to Uber.

Sale of business for MultiCare Health System

Sale of MultiCare Consulting Services.

Sale of investments for Amazon

Sale of various equity investments.

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 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, Unilever, and Anheuser-Busch.

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, 2011-2015
  • Corporate Act Revision Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 2010-2015
  • Liason, Nonprofit Corporation Act Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 2012-2014

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America’s Leading Business Lawyers" in Corporate/Commercial (Washington) by Chambers USA
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," in Mergers & Acquisitions, Thomson Reuters 
  • Named to "The Legal 500 U.S. Edition," for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners