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J. Michael Bernard

J. Michael Bernard



  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Emeritus 2020/ 2021
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman 2019/ 2020
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Elect 2018/ 2019
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2016/ 2017
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2014/ 2015
WSG Regional Council
Past Member
Strategic Planning Committee 2020
Group Leader
DealMaker Group
WSG in North America Group
WSG Governance Committee
WSG Main Group
WSG Nominations Committee
WSG Audit & Finance Committee
Group Leader
WSG Recruitment Committee
Group Leader
Automotive Group
Mergers & Acquisitions Group
Private Equity Group

Mike Bernard is a member of the Corporate Finance Group and his practice focuses primarily on business counseling and planning, with an emphasis on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions (representing both buyer and sellers);
  • Capital raising transactions (including private placement, private equity and seed and venture financings);
  • Corporate formation matters (including shareholder control and buy-sell arrangements);
  • Corporate governance (for profit and nonprofit entities); and
  • Executive employment agreements and related matters. 

Mr. Bernard has experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, dental service organizations, manufacturing, services and technology.

Mr. Bernard is a former member of Dykema’s Executive Board and is the former leader of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1985


University of Cincinnati, J.D. Law Review, Co-Chair Student Articles Editor University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. (Accounting)
Areas of Practice

Business Services | Corporate Finance | Corporate Governance | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions Annual Survey | Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance | Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Notre Dame Club of Detroit, Award of the Year, 2003

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006-2014

Named a Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2005-2014

Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers & Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers 2014

Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007-2015.

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law, 2010-2014

Recipient of an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

World Services Group, Board of Directors and past Chair, North American Regional Council


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