Michael C. Carroll brings a wealth of securities, governance, M&A, private equity, real estate, transactional, and general corporate law experience to public companies, privately-held companies, private equity firms, and individual clients.
Mr. Carroll was previously Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel of Medallion Financial Corp., a NASDAQ-traded commercial lender and FDIC-insured bank, and was Senior Counsel of Aames Investment Corporation, a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust. Prior to his in-house positions, he practiced in the corporate law department of the international Am Law 50 law firm of Willkie Farr Gallagher, LLP in New York, New York.
In 2012, Mr. Carroll was appointed Community Services Commissioner by City of Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, for his pro bono representation of the Orange County Rescue Mission. He is the former Chairman of the New to In-House Committee of Association of Corporate Counsel, a monthly columnist for The Journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and a contributor to The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. Mr. Carroll appeared in a feature story in the January 24, 2005 issue of The National Law Journal and is the 2001 recipient of the Scales of Justice Award from MFY Legal Services, New York City’s largest provider of pro bono legal services to the indigent.
Mr. Carroll sits on the Board of Directors of OneOC (formerly Volunteer Center of Orange County), is the former Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Forum for Corporate Directors, and has served on the boards of multiple start-up ventures, the international children’s charity Child Aid, and the Orange County Press Club. He is the author of LAB 257, a New York Times bestselling non-fiction book published by HarperCollins Publishers and optioned for film by Sony Pictures. Mr. Carroll is also a contributing writer for The Orange County Register / Irvine World News and Orange Coast magazine, and is a frequent television guest and radio commentator, having appeared on the NBC Today show, CNN, MS-NBC, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR (national public radio).
Mr. Carroll holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from American University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was Editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in the States of California, New York, and Texas, and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Forum for Corporate Directors.