EXPERIENCE


Examples:

  • Managed 1,000's of litigated matters (in all 50 states, and internationally)
  • $500 million financing deal
  • International deals worth up to ​$300 million
  • $200 million construction deals
  • 100+ major real estate leases, purchases, environmental issues
  • 1000's of trademark and copyright matters
  • 100's of employment law investigations
  • Corporate restructuring resulted in $500 million jump in revenues
  • Safety 1st program reduced litigation by 75%
  • Dozens of M&A deals
  • Leading teams across multiple continents
  • Drafted/negotiated 1000's of contracts, across the full corporate spectrum
  • In-depth experience includes entertainment, animal law, marketing, corporate administration, compliance, product and premises liability, intellectual property, banking and finance, insurance, risk management, real estate, 1st Amendment, privacy, employment / labor, workers comp, technology and social media, antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions.


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I am a 3-time General Counsel & Secretary, with 20+ years of "in the trenches" experience in multiple industries across the U.S.A., and with international experience that includes deals worth $100's of millions.  Currently, I proudly and enthusiastically serve as GC to one of the world's premiere amusement park companies.  Previous positions include a prestigious, literary NY book publisher founded in the 1800's; one of the world's largest, high-end home appliance manufacturers; and (at that time) the world's largest provider of Internet infrastructure and fiber optics. 


I am committed to the practice of law with integrity, civility and honor.  I believe that attorneys should be champions of ethics and professionalism, and guardians of the U.S. Constitution.   In the corporate arena, the solidity of a business is dependent upon a rock-solid foundation of ethics and legal compliance.  A culture of strict legal compliance + professionalism and civility, breeds employee morale and sustainable corporate success. 

EDUCATION

  • Hofstra U. School of Law  - JD.  Mng. Editor, Entertainment & Copyright Law Digest.  Property Law Journal.
  • Harvard Law School - "Leadership in Corporate Counsel" (a 1 week program for General Counsels from around the world)
  • Boston College − Honors in English, Academic All-American, medalist in Javelin - Big East Championships.
  • Riverdale Country School​ (NY)

My Philosophy as a Chief Legal Officer

Michael L. Baroni

General Counsel to premiere companies


​​CHARITABLE & CIVIC − Long Term Commitment to Helping Others



Constitutional Rights Foundation Board of Directors

*  Constitution Day, Law Day, Mock Trial, Career Forum - Past Chair (brings together 1,000 students for career workshops) 

Orange County Bar Association − Community Outreach Committee

FOUNDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE
FOUNDER, AMICUS ALO  (Latin for "friend support and care," this group supports attorneys with serious illness, disabilities, mental health substance abuse, and general wellness issues).









*  Community Outreach Committee.  Events include Beach Clean-Up (Co-Chair), Pet Adoption, Food Harvest, Toys for Tots, Senior Santa (Co-   

      Chair), "Big for a Day" (Co-Chair, coordinated with Big Brothers/Sisters), and drives (food, luggage, books, toys, suits)


Other non-profit support includes:

*  OC Women Lawyers

*  Foundation Rwanda

*  Chinese Children's Initiative / UNICEF

*  Mariner's Church

*  Public Law Center

​*  Patriots & Paws

*  OCBA Charitable Fund − past Treasurer, Board Member and Annual Gala Committee

*  Children’s charities:  Girls, Inc.; Kids First;  Boys Town; AC Green’s Youth Foundation; Salvation Army Angels;  Make a Wish

Orchestrated Corporate Donations (money and/or services) to dozens of charities across the country, including March of Dimes, Autism Speaks, St. Jude’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

Articles, 100+ published − widely quoted/cited, including:

  • Pirate’s Palette − considered the historical standard of music sampling, won ASCAP Prize
  • Penthouse Pets & Kelly’s Thumbnails − source material on copyright protection in the landmark Perfect 10 case
  • Made In China − published in the National Law Journal; circulated through Congress during debates on Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Print Coverage includes:

  • Corporate Counsel (cover feature) “Best Legal Department in the USA”
  • Daily Journal  “Top In-House Counsel in California”
  • OC Metro “Top Attorney” in Orange County, CA
  • Law & Politics “Super Lawyers” (feature profiled)
  • The National Law Journal (feature profiled); serialized in The Recorder and Law.com
  • GC California (featured profiled); serialized in Law.com
  • Corporate Secretary
  • The New Yorker
  • Orange County Business Journal

Monthly Columnist, Inside Counsel magazine

Radio Guest on 20+ stations across the country

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS  Across US & Int'l, including

  • Threats & Violence in Corporate America OCBA - (Corp. Counsel)
  • Religious Accommodations - Law Day
  • Diversity in the Workplace − OCBA (3 hour seminar)
  • Police Appreciation Day - Keynote speaker
  • Ethics in Sports & Entertainment Law − Columbia U School of Law
  • Revenge Porn Legalities − Arizona State U
  • Corporate Brands in the Entertainment Spotlight - OCBA (Corp. Counsel)
  • Blood, Sweat & Broken Bones:  Litigating Youth Sports Injuries − American Bar Assoc.
  • Branded Entertainment − Entertainment & Talent Contracting (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Musical Mayhem: Licensing for All Corporate Structures − OCBA (Business & Corporate)
  • Employment Litigation, GC Panel − OCBA (Employment & Labor)
  • Social Media’s Sticky Web for Teenagers − Law Day (Constitutional Rights Foundation)
  • Representing the World’s Top Companies, GC Panel − OCBA (Business Litigation)
  • Substance Abuse in the Workplace − Italian-American Bar Assoc. in Sicily, Italy
  • Premises Liability − ACC at Angel’s Stadium
  • Amusement Park Careers − Career Forum (Constitutional Rights Foundation)
  •  Facebook & Beyond − OCBA’s Last-Dash CLE
  • Defensive Strategies with Litigation (with Dan Callahan & Ed Susolik) − ACC at Anaheim Ducks
  • Social Media’s Sticky Web − OCBA (Intellectual Property)
  • Book & Screenplay Contracts − Hispanic Bar Assoc. in Belize
  • Big Brother Bosses:  Spying on Employees −OCBA in Colorado
  • Copyrights & Trademarks − OCBA’s Last-Dash CLE
  • False & Deceptive Advertising − Celtic Bar in Tahiti
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act − OCBA (Product Liability)
  • Product Liability, and Entertainment Law − Career Days at Law Schools
  • Media Spotlight − In-House Counsel Super Conference (Chicago)