Michael D. Cross, Jr. has worked with Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC since May 1999. Michael’s practice focuses on matters involving business law , including general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, partnership and LLC law, and franchise law; employment law , including executive employment agreements, employment manuals, sales, distributor, and independent contractor agreements, and employment litigation; commercial real estate , including commercial lease preparation and negotiation, sales, acquisitions, and construction; and non-profit organizations , including the formation of and application for tax-exempt status for charitable organizations, private foundations, and trade associations.
Michael received his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and received his LL.M. in Taxation with honors from the University of Alabama School of Law . He received his B.A. in Political Science from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Michael is admitted to practice in the States of Georgia and Indiana. He also belongs to various professional associations, including the Georgia Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association.
Michael also is a frequent writer and speaker. He has lectured at several continuing legal education seminars, primarily focusing upon LLCs, partnership taxation, various matters pertaining to the operation of LLCs and corporations, and ethics. Michael has been a co-author of the materials provided at each seminar. From January 2001 until October 2011, Michael served as an adjunct professor of business law, ethics, media law, entrepreneurial law and organizational leadership for graduate and undergraduate courses at Reinhardt University. During recent years, he has been a guest speaker Emory University School of Law for various courses and seminars., He also has been a featured speaker regarding various business concerns at events sponsored by other groups as well, including chambers of commerce and insurance and financial planning organizations.
Michael serves on a variety of advisory boards and steering committees. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and serves as an officer and director of the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, Inc. He also serves on the President’s Advisory Board for Reinhardt College’s North Fulton Center.
Michael also has been quite involved in advising municipalities and elected officials. Since 2005, Michael has served on the Advisory Council for Georgia Congressman Tom Price (for which he served as Chairman of the Business and Finance Subcommittee in 2006). Michael also has served as a member of the advisory board of then Fulton County Commissioner and now State Representative Lynne Riley since 2004.
Michael also is very involved in the community. In 2004, Michael received the Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Harry Rucker Volunteer of the Year award for his volunteer work with the Chamber. He served on the board of directors of the Development Authority of the City of Alpharetta (where his peers elected him chairman in 2010 and 2011). He also was appointed by the Mayor of Johns Creek to three separate search committees charged with recommending a permanent City Attorney, municipal judges, and City Solicitor for the City of Johns Creek, which was formed in 2006. On November 8, 2011, the citizens of Alpharetta elected Michael to serve on the Alpharetta City Council. His terms runs from January 2012 until December 2015.
Michael also enjoys providing pro bono assistance to non-profit corporations and charitable organizations through his work with the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and ProBono Partnership Atlanta. Michael and his wife have volunteered with several successful political campaigns, including the campaigns of the U.S. Congressman for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Georgia’s Secretary of State, and members of the Fulton County Commission. They also are active members of their church, where Michael has been actively involved in the music ministry. Michael also has served as president and director of his community’s homeowners’ association.
Michael and his family live in Alpharetta Georgia.
Areas of Practice
- Corporate Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Partnership and LLC Law
- Franchise Law
- Employment Law
- Restrictive Covenants
- Commercial Real Estate
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Election Law
- The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- LL.M. – 2007
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
- J.D. – 2000
- Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana
- B.A. – 1997
- Major: Political Science
- Limited Liability Companies, National Business Institute, 2009
- Taxation of LLCs and LLPs, National Business Institute, 2008
- Limited Liability Companies, National Business Institute, 2008
- Trends and Developments in LLCs, National Business Institute, 2007
- Your Guide to Georgia LLCs, National Business Institute, 2007
- Is an LLC Right for You?, National Business Institute, November 2006
- Advanced LLCs and LLPs, NBI’s Institute for Paralegal Education, April 2005
- The Georgia Paralegal’s Role in Corporate Maintenance, NBI’s Institute for Paralegal Education, September 2004
- The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Reinhardt College, 2001
- Ethics, Values and the Law, Reinhardt College, 2008
- Media Law, Reinhardt College, 2002 – 2004
- Buy/Sell Agreements, CLUTC, New York Life Insurance Company, 2002 – 2005