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Michael A. Stanchfield



Michael Stanchfield is a co-leader of the firm’s global mergers and acquisitions practice, and is a skilled deal lawyer who collaborates with clients on transactions ranging from the middle market to many billions of dollars.​ He advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, corporate governance, takeover preparedness, and general corporate counseling.

Mike represents public and private companies as strategic buyers and sellers in acquisitions in a variety of industries.

In the area of corporate governance, Mike counsels public companies and their boards on oversight responsibilities, board and committee structures, and fiduciary duties. He also helps clients respond to activist shareholders and defend against proxy contests. 


Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. James B. Loken, 1995-1996


Harvard Law School
J.D. magna cum laude (1995)

University of Minnesota
B.A. summa cum laude (1992)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Minnesota Corporation Law and Practice, 3rd Edition
    Co-author with John H. Matheson and Philip S. Garon, Thomson Reuters, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Business/Professional Corporations Committee (Chair)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Business Law Section (Former Chair)

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee


  • Minnesota Lawyer — The POWER 30: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2023
  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Corporate/M&A, 2008-24
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions, 2009-19
  • Best Lawyers® Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008-20, 2022-24 (Lawyer of the Year, 2015 and 2024)
  • The Business Journal — Forty Under 40, 2005
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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