- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1991
- University of Nebraska, B.S., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Michael is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and serves as the managing partner of the firm’s eight offices. Michael is a member of the corporate and business organizations group and serves as corporate counsel to both large companies and mid-sized businesses engaged in multiple industries including manufacturing, retail, financial institutions and the restaurant and food industry. Michael’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, general commercial and business matters and licensing transactions.
Board Memberships and Community Activities:
- The Columbus Partnership, Current Board Member and Finance Committee Member
- Future Ready Columbus, Current Board Member
- President of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Museum of Art, November, 2016 to November, 2018
- Ohio Business Round Table, Current Board Member
- One Columbus Leadership Circle, Current Member
- Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Current Board Member and Executive Committee Member
- Upper Arlington Community Foundation Board of Directors, Current Board Member, Vice Chair
- Columbus Museum of Art Board of Trustees, 2010 to present
- Vice President of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Development Committee of the Columbus Museum of Art, 2013 to 2016
- Godman Guild Association, Board of Trustees, 1995-2001
- Columbus Bar Association, Current Member
Other Career Highlights:
- Selected for Columbus Business First Power 100 List Recognizing the Most Influential Leaders in Central Ohio in 2019 and 2020
- Serving as the Co-Chair of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus' 2019-2022 Capital Campaign
- Accompanied Ohio Governor Robert Taft and representatives of the Ohio Department of Development on a trade mission to France and Germany
- Represented The Ohio State University in its negotiations with Nike regarding licensing rights and equipment/apparel products
- Represented ScottsMiracle-Gro in multiple transactions with Monsanto relating to ScottsMiracle- Gro serving as the exclusive agent for the marketing, sale and distribution of Round-Up products in the consumer lawn and garden market
- Represented multiple firm clients in structuring, negotiating and completing license and branding agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and over 50 colleges and universities
- Represented Bob Evans Farms, Inc. in its sale of 145 Mimi’s Cafe restaurants to Le Duff America, Inc.
- Represented ScottsMiracle-Gro in its divestiture of the Smith & Hawken Brand to Target Corporation
- Represented Camco Financial Corporation in its merger with Huntington Bancshares, Inc.
- Represented Thirty-One Gifts, LLC in its acquisition of Jewel Kade Holdings LLC
- Representing Thirty-One Gifts, LLC in its acquisition of Rendi LLC
- Represented multiple public companies and start-up companies in capital raising transactions
- Represented Citizens Independent Bancorp, Inc. in its equity raise
- Represented Venture Med, LLC in its Series A preferred equity raise
- Represented the owner of Safety Solutions, Inc. in a sale of stock to W.W. Grainger, Inc.
- Structured, negotiated and completed numerous intellectual property licensing agreements, including numerous celebrity licensing and endorsement deals
Honors & Awards
- Selected for Columbus Business First Power 100 List Recognizing the Most Influential Leaders in Central Ohio, 2019-2020
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Corporate, 2017-2020
- Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A, 2016-2017
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2015-2016
- The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2013-2022
- 8/15/2018One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
- 7/18/2014Michael Martz, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate group, was included on Columbus Business First’s “20 People to Know in Banking and Finance” List. Martz was selected for his work representing financial institutions.
- Spring 2015As 2015 gets under way, bank compensation committees are tasked with setting the bank’s executive compensation strategy for the year and effectively communicating that compensation structure to shareholders. Compensation committees need to strike a balance between a compensation program that attracts and retains employees and encourages those employees to take appropriate business risks while advancing the bank’s growth strategies and discouraging inappropriate risks.
- Spring 2015Maybe at one time your company was reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and your company’s stock was listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ). You were relieved when the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act allowed you to terminate your SEC registration, even though it meant that your stock could no longer be listed on NASDAQ.
- Spring 2015During the past three years, a significant number of community banks and their holding companies (collectively, banks) throughout the United States elected to “go dark” by taking advantage of a provision in The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). These banks were able to suspend their reporting obligations under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and deregister with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because they had fewer than 1,200 shareholders of record.
- 3/23/2015Enhanced Opportunities for Community Banks: The Federal Reserve’s Proposal to Raise the Threshold for Qualifying as a “Small” Holding Company from $500 million to $1 billion in Consolidated AssetsIn December 2014, Congress modified portions of Dodd-Frank to provide additional opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden on community banks. In response to this legislation, on January 29, 2015 the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) requested comment on several related proposals (and an interim rule) focused primarily on increasing the number of holding companies eligible for the reduced reporting and other requirements under the “small” holding company exclusion.
- Winter 2014Following an extended dry spell for de novo bank applications, in what could be interpreted as a gesture to “kick-start” de novo conversations, the FDIC issued in November a somewhat “out of the blue” financial institutions letter (FIL-56-2014) containing a series of Q&As relating to procedural issues surrounding applications for deposit insurance.
- 1/21/2013On January 10, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a number of mortgage-related rules, including its long-awaited qualified mortgage (QM) rules in an 804-page set of complex guidelines for residential real estate lending mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. The rules take effect in January 2014.