Discovering a true career interest often takes a circuitous path. Michael is currently a Tech/VC attorney representing emerging companies and venture capital investors at Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. However, in high school, Michael thought he would be interested in medicine, so we matched him to a medical internship where he had the opportunity to work in a hospital and observe 2 surgical procedures. To Michael’s surprise, he realized the hospital environment was not for him.
Michael wrote, “Through this experience, I realized that working in a hospital environment, while fascinating, wasn’t for me. Because it gave me such early exposure, I was able to eliminate it as a career interest before investing time and money in a college major as well as medical school.” Following this experience, Michael’s college internships took an interesting turn.
Michael’s Career Path- Cornell, Casting internship at MTV, Brooklyn Law School, Associate at Cahill, Gordon Reindel NYC, Associate at Goodwin Procter, Boston
As a college student, Michael participated in internships relating to broadcast media. During an internship at MTV with the Director of Casting, he was exposed to legal contracts pertaining to both talent and intellectual property and realized that a legal career seemed very exciting and a good match for his interests and skills.
After graduation, he enrolled in law school, had a legal externship at Viacom and was hired as an associate at a New York City law firm whose clients included corporations in the financial and telecommunications industry.
Next came six years as an associate at Goodwin Procter, followed by his current position as Partner and Tech/VC attorney at Morse, Barnes–Brown & Pendleton.
Additionally, Michael currently serves as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Committee on Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.
Michael’s experiences clearly illustrate the value of early and successive internships.