Dorf, Michael S.

Michael S. Dorf


Michael Dorf is a partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is based in the San Francisco office. Michael has extensive experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, carve-outs, venture capital financings, strategic investments, joint ventures and corporate partnering transactions. He has represented public and private companies, private equity funds and venture capital investors in the technology, media, telecommunications, biotechnology, health care, renewable energy, consumer products and other industries. In addition, Michael represents portfolio companies of private equity clients, handling day-to-day legal activities, add-on acquisitions, and other general corporate work. Michael joined the firm as a partner in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, he was a partner in the San Francisco office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and from 2000 to 2005, he was a partner in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Michael has been cited in the Chambers USA Guide and in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate – M&A and Governance, and has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer magazine.

Selected Experience

  • Salesforce.com in several transactions, including its pending acquisition of Quip, its $2.8 billion acquisition of Demandware, its acquisitions of SteelBrick, Kerensen Consulting (France) and Toopher, and its venture capital investments in several private companies
  • Intuit in several transactions, including its acquisitions of PayCycle, Electronic Clearing House, Acrede Technology Group Holdings Limited (Jersey) and PaySuite Limited (U.K.)
  • Francisco Partners in several transactions, including its (i) acquisition of the Source Photonics business unit of MRV Communications, (ii) acquisition of Quantros, (iii) acquisition of QuadraMed, (iv) acquisition of the Webtrends business of NetIQ, (v) acquisition through Electrical Components International of the Wire Harness Business of Viasystems Group, (vi) acquisition of Ex Libris Ltd. (Israel), (vii) acquisition from Elsevier of Endeavor Information Systems and the restructuring of Endeavor and Ex Libris to form Ex Libris Group, (viii) sale of Ex Libris Group to Leeds Equity Partners, (ix) sale of EF Johnson Technologies to JVC Kenwood and (x) sale of Grass Valley to Belden

Conferences & Publications

  • “Private Equity and Technology Take-Privates,” Mergermarket Technology Forum (April 23, 2015)
  • “Business Valuation for Lawyers,” ABA Business Law Section 2015 Spring Meeting (April 17, 2015)
  • “Security Filings in M&A Transactions,” PLI Faculty (2009-2014)
  • “Acquisitions and Sales Involving Technology Companies,” Advising High-Technology Companies (PLI) (2009-2014)
  • “Earn-Outs and Other Deferred Consideration Rights,” The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, March 2002
  • “Evolving Due Diligence Strategies for Buyers and Sellers in M&A Transactions,” Inside the Minds: Business Due Diligence Strategies 2011 (Aspatore Books)


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Columbia Law Review
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, Economics, 1989, U.C. Regents/Chancellors Scholar, Highest Honors
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