J. Michael Bernard


Dykema Gossett PLLC
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
United States

Tel: 313-568-5374

Email: jbernard@dykema.com
Web: www.dykema.com

Mike Bernard’s amiable demeanor and collaborative spirit—combined with his business savvy and problem-solving acumen—have made him an indispensable advisor for businesses in a wide range of industries. Mike’s clients know they will get sound, reliable counsel from a responsive attorney personally committed to their success.

Mike’s practice focuses on business counseling and planning, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions representing both buyer and sellers. He also represents for-profit and not-for-profit entities needing experienced counsel in corporate formation and governance matters and has substantial experience facilitating complex capital raising transactions, as well as executive employment and compensation agreements.

When opportunities arise for a client to buy or sell their business or enter into joint ventures or strategic partnerships, Mike’s ability to pull together multiple parties to get a deal done facilitates the prompt, efficient consummation of even the most complex transactions.

Mike brings an experienced, practical approach to his representation, with counsel that focuses on learning each client’s specific needs, goals, and risk tolerance.

Frank and levelheaded, Mike understands the difference between issues that matter and those that don’t. While he addresses every required detail in a matter or transaction, he also won’t waste his clients’ time and money “over-lawyering.”

A firm believer in the importance of giving back, Mike matches his dedication to his clients with his commitment to numerous civic and charitable organizations.

Middle-market businesses require the same resources as their larger competitors. Whether it involves access to capital, M&A, governance, or other transactions needed to run a business, we provide the cost-effective, practical advice that middle-market businesses need to grow.

Many of our lawyers began their careers working for companies in the same industries where our clients operate, so we understand what makes your business tick.

We bring to bear this knowledge to provide actionable advice and counsel in the following areas:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity, venture capital, and mezzanine finance
  • commercial lending and finance
  • technology and sourcing transactions
  • securities
  • governance
  • taxation
  • employee benefits
  • estates and trusts

Our clients include private and public companies, private equity funds, financial institutions, and other providers of capital who count on us to deliver partner-level counsel across a wide breadth of practice areas that only a full-service law firm can provide. We do this with an eye toward the unique challenges middle-market businesses face.

Dykema is distinguished by its cost-effective and collaborative partnerships with our clients. We deliver practical, results-oriented counsel earning accolades from clients nationwide for our efforts on their behalf in the courtroom and in the boardroom.

We are focused on delivering outstanding results and we strive, at every level, to develop relationships with our clients built on trust and mutual respect. Unparalleled client service is at the heart of our approach to the practice of law. That focus has been a cornerstone of our success for the past 85 years. We hire the best and the brightest talents and instill in all a commitment to our clients’ satisfaction and the achievement of their business and legal goals.

We serve clients around the world from our strategically situated offices in Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Washington, D.C., California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Through our practice management structure and our focused Industry Groups, we know and understand the industries in which our clients compete, from Automotive to Energy, from Hospitality and Gaming to Financial Institutions. Bottom line, we are attuned to the latest industry trends that affect our clients’ businesses, enabling us to provide counsel that is comprehensive, insightful, and cost-effective.

“Every business is on a journey that could lead in any number of directions. I endeavor to put and keep my clients on a course that maximizes their chances of success however they define it.”
J. Michael Bernard