Michael A. Ellis - Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC

Michael A. Ellis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 216-621-5300

Michael, a corporate and securities attorney with over 35 years experience, practices from the firm’s Cleveland office. His focus includes the areas of mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance; public and private securities offerings; executive compensation and shareholders’ communication matters; and defensive tactics in tender offers. He also counsels clients, including start-up and emerging growth companies, angel groups and venture funds, in seed and venture capital and other equity, debt and non-dilutive capital financings.

University of PennsylvaniaMA 1974University of PennsylvaniaBA 1974Duke UniversityJ.D. 1977
North Coast Angel Fund IIIdeastream

Client Comments

"Mr. Ellis' understanding of the law and legal principles coupled with his significant business acumen provides unquestioned guidance for our company. He is always responsive and able to deal with both laymen and professionals with great ease in both verbal and written communications. He is a joy to work with. "

-Mark Friedman
President & Chief Operating Officer
National Biological Corporation

"In handling the sale of our company, Michael went above and beyond the call of duty. He personally took the bull by the horns and made the deal happen when probably any other person would have walked away. His personal touch and care for our particular deal when we knew he had much bigger fish to deal with shows the type of person he is and his work ethic. No matter how big or small you are, you get the same quality, hand-holding service from Michael. When our company was purchased by a much bigger company, it was clear that Michael was several steps above his opposing counsel. The education that he provided me by watching and listening to him is a form of education that would have taken years, if at all, for me to learn. Michael is not your typical attorney. He was always available at home, vacation, work - you name it. You could always find him for an answer. Porter-Wright will always get our business in the future if it is needed because of what Michael did for us. He not only sold our company, but he also secured the future of our employees and owners. Master Tool will always be very grateful for Michael Ellis. "

-Matt Snyder
Vice President/Controller
Master Tool, LLC

"Michael Ellis has been our lawyer since 1991 and has handled legal affairs through two merger/acquisitions deals and other corporate legal work for me. He has done an excellent job. All of the above listed activities would receive an excellent rating. "

-Andre Thornton
Chairman & CEO
ASW Global

"Michael Ellis gives a new meaning to the word Professional. His level of experience and class clearly showed why he is the leader in this line of work. You see a person's true colors and dedication when they put aside personal issues and focus on the task at hand, and that is exactly what Michael did for Master Tool. He helped secure the future of my employees and my family, for that we are all very grateful. Michaels' very cool demeanor and wit were a great help during the rough stages of the deal. The great thing about Michael is the personal touch that he gives to his clients can not be put into words. Michael is truly at the top of his game and it shows by the results he gets for his customers. "

-John Cirino
Master Tool, LLC

Office Location

1375 East Ninth Street, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Banking, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, General Corporate, Limited Liability Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Publicly-Held Companies, Securities, Structuring of Business Entities, Technology, Transactions, Venture Capital)

Other Information

Gender: Male