Michael Hagele is an American entrepreneur, corporate counselor and investor who serves as a senior outside counsel for numerous technology companies. These companies are primarily in the tech industries that focus on research and development, design, biotechnology, aerospace, defense, and internet. He is an active investor in various early stage tech companies and has invested in firms in the hospitality and restaurant industries over the years. Prior to his current firm, Michael Hagele used to serve as general legal counselor for a few venture capital funded internet startup companies. His duties were to manage all of the legal affairs such as corporate governance, employment, intellectual property strategies, mergers and acquisitions and stock option plan administrations.
Michael Hagele also worked in the Licensing and Online Commerce Group for the Silicon Valley-based firm, Fenwick and West, LLP. He attended the University of California in Berkeley and earned his Juris Doctorate degree and also received an undergraduate degree from the University in Iowa. In his early years, Hagele would work at a car wash in the Chicago area during the harsh winter months and vowed to pursue his educational goals as a result. Michael Hagele started his practice after noticing that startups and sole practitioners in technology-based companies have consistently offered higher quality and more cost-effective legal services than other industries.