Michael D. Cross, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Alpharetta, GA

Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC
 | 1001 Cambridge Square, Suite D
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: 770-410-1555
Fax: 770-410-3281
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (50%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (30%),
  • Tax: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Michael D. Cross Jr. is a member of Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Focusing his practice on business law, mergers & acquisitions, commercial real estate, and business tax matters, he handles transactions and provides general advice and counsel to technology firms and other businesses located in the Georgia 400 corridor and the Technology City of the South.

Before pursuing his legal education, Mr. Cross received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Anderson University in 1997. He then went on to attend Emory University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2000. In order to enrich his legal knowledge, he then obtained his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2007.

His solid legal skills have earned Mr. Cross recognition from his peers and clients alike. As a measure of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow professionals, he has been listed six times either as part of the "Super Lawyers" publication (which attempts to identify the top 5% of lawyers in Georgia) or as a "Super Laywyers - Rising Star", he has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo, and has been listed by Georgia Trend magazine as a member of the "Legal Elite." Admitted to practice in Georgia and Indiana, Mr. Cross is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Cross presents multiple times each year on business and tax law topics at continuing legal education seminars throughout the country. He also served for more than a decade years as an adjunct professor at Reinhardt University, and he has written articles on entity formation and mergers and acquisitions, among other topics. Active in his community, Mr. Cross is a trustee for the Alpharetta Pension Plan and has served as a member of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2002-2019.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business/Corporate (50%)

Mergers & Acquisitions (30%)

Tax (20%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

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About Michael Cross, Jr.

Admitted: 2000, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.briskinlaw.com/Attorneys/Michael-D-Cross-Jr.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Harry Rucker Volunteer of the Year award, 2005
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 / 10.0
  • Robert Fuller Access to Justice Award, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, 2008
  • Selected as one of four finalists in 2010 for GNFCC Small Business Person of the Year
  • Published in the “Rising Stars” listing for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Editions of Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Nominated in 2009 for GNFCC Small Business Person of the Year

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • LL.M. (Taxation), with honors, University of Alabama School of Law, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Bar of the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar, Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia
  • Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, Inc., Smyrna, Georgia, Director and General Counsel
  • City Council Liaison to Finance Department and to the Alpharetta technology community
  • 400 Technology Connection, Founder, Steering Committee Member
  • Elected chairman of the Development Authority of the City of Alpharetta in 2010 and 2011
  • Member of the Bar, United States Tax Court
  • Director, Corporate Secretary, and General Counsel, Officer and director of the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation, Inc.
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Student member of the American Bar Association, Emory University School of Law
  • President's Advisory Board for Reinhardt College's North Fulton Center
  • Member, Small Business Committee, GNFCC 
  • Served on the Alpharetta City Council
  • Board of directors of the Development Authority of the City of Alpharetta
  • Member of the board of directors of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Bar of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Member of the Bar of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar, Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Committee for a Better Atlanta, Member
  • Advisory Council for Georgia Congressman Tom Price, Chairman of the Business and Finance Subcommittee in 2006
  • Member, Board of Directors & Chairman’s Circle, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the advisory board of then Fulton County Commissioner and now State Representative Lynne Riley since 2004
  • Member, Indiana State Bar

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Georgia's Secretary of State, Volunteer
  • Fulton County Commission, Member
  • U.S. Congressman for Georgia's 6th Congressional District
  • Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Member
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and ProBono Partnership Atlanta, 2004
  • Fulton County Vote Review Panel, Member
  • President and director of the community homeowners' association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Limited Liability Companies, National Business Institute, 2009
  • Taxation of LLCs and LLPs, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Nuts and Bolts, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. October 8, 2010.
  • Limited Liability Companies, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. June 23, 2008.
  • Your Guide to Georgia LLCs, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. June 19, 2007.
  • McCamish School of Business, Adjunct Professor, courses for business and communication students, including Legal and Ethical Considerations of Business, Media Law, Entrepreneurial Law, and the Law and Ethics of Leadership
  • Liquidations and Dissolutions, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by Strafford Publications, Inc. Featured speaker. January 6, 2010.
  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D., May 2000, Seminar Paper. Internat’l Tax Implications Affecting U.S. Subsidiaries of German Corporations
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Reinhardt College, 2001
  • Your Guide to Georgia LLCs, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Is an LLC Right for You?, National Business Institute, November 2006
  • Advanced LLCs and LLPs, NBI's Institute for Paralegal Education, April 2005
  • Drafting LLC Agreements, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. February 4, 2010.
  • Accounting 101 for Attorneys, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. September 15, 2010 and September 13, 2011.
  • Adjunct professor of business law, ethics, media law, entrepreneurial law and organizational leadership at Reinhardt University
  • LLC or Inc.? Entity Selection for Small to Medium Sized Business, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. December 15, 2010 and December 5, 2011.
  • Guest speaker Emory University School of Law for various courses and seminars
  • Trends and Developments in LLCs, National Business Institute, 2007
  • The Georgia Paralegal's Role in Corporate Maintenance, NBI's Institute for Paralegal Education, September 2004
  • Ethics, Values and the Law, Reinhardt College, 2008
  • Media Law, Reinhardt College, 2002 - 2004
  • Buy/Sell Agreements, CLUTC, New York Life Insurance Company, 2002 - 2005
  • Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Panelist and Team Leader for first year law students at Emory University School of Law. August 2005 to present (twice annual).
  • The Law and Ethics of Leadership, Reinhardt University. Capstone course for organizational leadership and public safety leadership degree. January 2007 to present.
  • The Georgia Paralegal’s Role in Corporate Maintenance, Continuing Education Seminar presented by Institute for Paralegal Education. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. October 2004.
  • LLC Trends and Developments, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. December 11, 2007.
  • Buy-Sell Agreements, Certified Life Underwriter’s Training Courses presented by New York Life Insurance Company. Featured speaker and author of written materials. 2001 through 2004.
  • Advanced Taxation of LLCs and LLPs, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by National Business Institute. Featured speaker and co-author of written materials. December 16, 2008.
  • Limited Liability Companies: Series LLC and Tax Issues, Continuing Legal Education National Teleconference and Webinar presented by National Business Institute. Sole speaker and author of written materials. December 3, 2009.
  • Drafting Buy-Sell Agreements, Continuing Legal Education Seminar presented by Strafford Publications, Inc. Featured speaker. January 26, 2010.

Educational Background:

  • Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana B.A. - 1997, Major: Political Science
  • LL.M. (Taxation), With Honors, The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2007

Industry Groups

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Privately Held Companies
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1001 Cambridge Square
Suite D
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Phone: 770-410-1555

Fax: 770-410-3281

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