Michael J. Locke

Associate | New Jersey

Michael Locke is a member of the Business Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. Michael also works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

Michael is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. Michael has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts.

Michael also has experience assisting larger corporations conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.  As a Deputy Attorney General, Michael led a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters.  He investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes.  As such, Michael has worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

While in law school, Michael was an executive board member of the Brooklyn Law School Environmental Law Society, and he continues to be involved in environmental awareness, outreach, and action efforts. He also studied abroad in Beijing and interned at the United States Attorneys’ Offices for both the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York.


  • “U.S. Corporate and Branding Legal Essentials for Food Businesses,” West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Webinar, April 20, 2021
  • “Catering Contracts Post COVID-19: What Operators Need to Know,” New York State Restaurant Association, Webinar, April 8, 2021
  • “Business Succession: Understanding Your Options,” =Space, Recorded Webinar, December 15, 2020
  • “Business Continuation Agreements,” =Space, Recorded Webinar, December 10, 2020
  • “Federal/State Relief Programs for Small Business Owners,” Office Evolution Somerville, Live Webinar, April 3, 2020
  • “Managing Your Business Through COVID-19,” Office Evolution Somerville, Live Webinar, April 1, 2020
  • “Food Law 101,” WeWork Food Labs, WeWork 148 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, May 16, 2019
  • “Lunch & Learn with Business Attorney from Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,” Cowerks, Asbury Park, NJ, June 1, 2018
  • Panel Speaker, “International Business Panel,” Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, April 18, 2018
  • “Insurance Fraud in NJ: Civil and Criminal Ramifications,” Norris McLaughlin, Bridgewater, NJ, June 8, 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, New Jersey Insurance Auditors Association, Hamilton, NJ, May 2014
  • Assisted a large x-ray scanner/security devices manufacturer understand the intricacies of US export regulations
  • Assisted in the recapitalization of a skateboard manufacturer after the company completed a round of financing
  • Drafted consulting agreement in connection with major telecommunications infrastructure construction project connecting Manhattan and New Jersey
  • Assisted several start-up companies become formal business entities (LLC) and qualify to do business in other States
  • Drafted documents necessary for the purchase and sale of companies’ stock and assets up to $10+ million in value
  • Provided advice to a large private utility company regarding a pending tax audit by the State of New Jersey
  • Provided advice to a small yoga and fitness company regarding a pending employee benefits audit by the New Jersey Department of Labor
  • Assisted a private equity investment firm register with the SEC and various States’ securities regulators in connection with the private placement of investment funds
  • Provides general contract interpretation advice to a multinational medical devices manufacturer engaged in a pre-litigation dispute with a distributor

Michael J. Locke

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