Michael J. Cole


mcole@fsbrlaw.com | 517.381.0100
Practice Areas: Corporate & Business, Franchise, Liquor, Trademark

Overview & Experience

Michael works in FSBR’s business practice, specializing in franchising, intellectual property, liquor licensing, and general business law. He works with businesses of all sizes, offering legal advice regarding business decisions and helping clients manage risk and execute growth strategies through franchising.

Every time a client sells a franchise, Michael shares in their pride. He enjoys the relationships he builds with clients as their trusted legal and business advisor just as much as he likes digging into the details of industry specifics. Learning business and industry-specific nuances drives his passion for the work he does, and he’s dedicated to helping clients make informed business and legal decisions about whatever challenge lies in front of them, through every stage of their business development and growth.

While in law school, Michael was a managing associate editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and earned four certificates of merit for achieving the highest grade in his class.

Michael came to FSBR in 2013. Prior to that, he worked on a wide range of corporate, transactional, compliance, and regulatory matters while practicing in Washington, D.C.

Outside of the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and rooting for MSU and Detroit sports teams.



  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Beyond Juicery + Eatery
  • Auto-Lab
  • Ellison Brewery and Spirits

Publications & Presentations

Mike has presented on topics including liquor licensing, trademarks, copyrights, business formation, and franchising at seminars and conferences across the state, and he has co-authored published articles on successor tax and Michigan specific franchise issues.

Honors & Education


  • Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., general business administration, pre-law, 2008


  • Michigan
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, associate member
  • District of Columbia, inactive


  • Ingham County Bar Association: Top 5 Under 35
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star for franchise/dealership law

Professional Activities

  • Presenter, Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2019
  • Presenter, Mid-Michigan Small Business Development Center, 2019