Michael is a partner with the Chicago law firm of Cheng Cohen LLC. He focuses his practice in the areas of international business transactions, domestic and international licensing and franchising, global protection of intellectual property and general corporate law. He has served as law firm partner, chief legal officer for several prominent franchised brands and executive-level business leader for several aggressive-growth global franchisors. In those roles, Michael had both business and legal responsibilities, including developing global expansion strategies, negotiating multi-national business deals and documenting transactions around the world ranging from direct operations, joint ventures, licenses, master franchises and area development transactions in over 50 countries in every region of the world. Michael also developed and operated a restaurant/wine bar/jazz club in Boulder, Colorado.