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Michael S. Kagnoff

Michael S. Kagnoff

Senior Counsel
Chair, Southern California Corporate & Securities Practice

Michael Kagnoff focuses his practice on general corporate representation of established and emerging medical device, life sciences, healthcare services and technology companies.

Michael has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, venture capital financing, strategic partnerships and licensing agreements. He has represented some of California's most prominent venture funds for their investments in portfolio companies.

Bar admissionsCalifornia


Michael's recent mergers and acquisitions experience includes the sale of the Active Network to Vista Equity Partners for approximately US$1.05 billion, the sale of DTS to Tessera Technologies for approximately US$1.0 billion and the sale of Ascent Medical Systems to Stryker Corporation for approximately US$600 million. His clients include NuVasive, Sientra, GenMark Diagnostics, Endologix, Reva Medical, SeaSpine Holdings, R2 Dermatology, AMN Healthcare, and Akoya Biosciences.

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania
    Wharton School
    summa cum laude
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    summa cum laude


He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2005 and was listed as a San Diego Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Telecom Council