Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • J.D., summa cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law, 1998
    Member of the American University Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Duquesne University, 1995
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Michael D. Schiffer


Mike Schiffer advises publicly and privately held REITs and other corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance issues, securities transactions and financings. He also represents community development entities and other parties in connection with Federal New Markets Tax Credit financing transactions and has been advising clients on opportunity zones, which were credited as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Mike has served as counsel or Maryland counsel for the Special Committees of Capital Automotive, Eagle Hospitality, ECC Capital Corporation and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. in their consideration and negotiation of strategic alternatives or mergers and as Maryland counsel to Annaly Capital Management, Arden Realty, Bedford Properties, BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., Glimcher Realty Trust, Nationwide Health Properties, Prentiss, Reckson and Wintrust Financial Corporation in mergers in which they were parties. Mike represented an acquiring bank in its acquisition of First Mariner Bank in a 363 bankruptcy sale from its holding company, First Mariner Bancorp; and, later, represented First Mariner Bank in connection with it entering into a definitive agreement and plan of reorganization pursuant to which Howard Bancorp, Inc. will acquire First Mariner; Mike represented a global performance improvement solutions provider in its acquisition of a training provider for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies; Mike also advised Merkle Group Inc., a global data driven, technology enabled performance marketing agency and the largest independent agency in the U.S. for CRM, digital, and search, in its sale of a majority stake to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network; and an electronics manufacturer in its sale to a Fortune 100 company.

Mike has also represented community development entities and lenders in numerous New Markets Tax Credit transactions, and subordinated lenders in many transactions (both secured and unsecured, with equity (including warrants) and without).

Mike has spoken on corporate law and governance issues, including on stockholder activism, and has been retained to provide expert testimony on a Maryland corporate law matter. He has also spoken on Bank M&A and New Markets Tax Credit financing transactions.


Mike is a member of the Advisory Board of the South Baltimore Learning Center, a community-based adult literacy school. Mike was a member of the Steering Committee of the Maryland Bar Association's joint committee on opinion practice in business transactions. Mike recently was a member of the Board of Directors of Target Community & Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities through quality, community-based residential, educational, vocational, recreational, and family support services.