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Our team has spent decades helping entrepreneurs, companies, investment firms, and investors reach their goals. We've done this as outside counsel and in-house counsel. We've been through it as entrepreneurs ourselves. This is what makes Touchstone special. We are our clients’ partners and counsel in support of their vision, not just an expert called in to identify problems periodically. From our first conversation, we align with your business objectives and help you achieve them as smoothly and productively as possible.
We can provide expert guidance on the optimal structure and economics of a transaction, from reorganizations to multi-billion dollar sales. We also provide insight into what legal terms and roadblocks to expect in your market. We work to give you choices, solutions, and the knowledge you need to move forward. Our tax analysis, structuring advice, and legal counsel should feel like valuable resources, not a foreign language.
We offer clients a single contact point for your legal needs, acting as outside general counsel. We also work with a network of specialists across the world to make sure you have the resources you need, streamlining the process whenever we can. Whether we are working directly with you or alongside in-house or corporate counsel, our priority is to achieve your business objectives as efficiently – and accessibly – as possible. We offer "Big Law" training and experience with boutique precision, pricing, and personality.
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Elizabeth attended a tiny high school in Kentucky before receiving her B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Swarthmore, Elizabeth spent a few years living in Brooklyn and working as a paralegal and an assistant at a local bookstore, until she moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Law School as a Clarence Darrow scholar (Michigan Law’s highest academic scholarship). While attending law school, Elizabeth won several awards for top class performance and was a member of the University of Michigan law review (including as a member of the editorial staff). Elizabeth also worked as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing and served on the board of directors for the Michigan ACLU. Elizabeth received her J.D. magna cum laude in 2004, and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. Elizabeth has also studied literature and philosophy at the University of Oxford (Wadham College) and has completed post-graduate coursework in physics, mathematics, corporate finance, and FinTech.
After graduation, Elizabeth joined the tax department at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she worked for a number of years. She has also practiced at mid-sized law firms, and most recently as a partner of Baker Tax Law, a boutique law firm specializing in transactional tax and executive compensation.
Elizabeth is based in Boston, MA, and enjoys the learning opportunities offered by the many local colleges and universities, as well as the vitality of the emerging company and biotech industries. She volunteered for many years as a director of the Massachusetts National Organization For Women as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County. Her hobbies include bragging about her fantastic daughter, collecting grammar and/or chemistry-related jokes, and navigating Boston’s less-than-ideal weather with her two “fairly good” dogs. While not a cook, Elizabeth has amassed extensive knowledge of all of Boston’s food delivery services and enjoys the many excellent local restaurants.
Mike has lived and worked in the Boston area since 2006. His path to New England was a winding one, having been born on the west coast and spending his formative years in Auburn, Alabama, the son of a physics professor. He left Alabama to attend the University of Virginia, where he got dual degrees in Political and Social Thought and African-American Studies. After taking a year off to rock climb, Mike went to the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 2004. He was a member of the Journal of Race and Law, publishing an article on Fair and Facially Neutral Higher Education Admissions Through Disparate Impact Analysis.
Mike’s law practice spans both litigation and transactional work. In 2013, he cofounded a software company, serving as general counsel and COO for seven years. Prior to that he was a litigator and public policy advocate, working on matters of public interest, including employment, housing and real estate, and healthcare. He now offers that broad, pragmatic experience to emerging companies in general corporate matters. Mike gets excited to help creative and motivated people realize their visions and build great companies in the process.
He is a founding board member of Union Capital Boston, a growing, local nonprofit that’s quickly making a name for itself as an innovative program for low-income communities to build social capital. He also has a diverse pro bono practice, involving immigration law, public benefits litigation, and supporting small business. Outside of work, it is easier to list the things Mike doesn’t like - television news and vanilla ice cream. Otherwise, if it’s interesting, Mike likes it, especially sports, music, and anything irreverent.
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Benjamin Serrano's journey begins in the heart of Central America, in El Salvador, a land of breathtaking volcanoes and rich cultural heritage. Currently immersed in legal studies, Benjamin's academic pursuits are paralleled by a robust career that spans financial advisory and corporate training roles. His work as a financial advisor and fund managing showcases his adeptness at navigating the complexities of financial markets, while his experience training multinational corporation staff underscores his ability to impart crucial skills and knowledge in a global context.
Dividing his time between El Salvador and the USA, Benjamin embraces the diverse experiences each country offers, enriching his professional and personal life. This bicultural lifestyle enhances his understanding of global perspectives, making him a versatile and insightful professional. Despite the demands of his studies and career, he finds solace and inspiration in nature. An avid hiker and camper, Benjamin's love for the outdoors is rooted in his Salvadoran heritage, where the terrain offers endless adventures among its 23 active volcanoes.
Benjamin Serrano is more than a law student and professional; he's a testament to the power of integrating one's passions with their career. Whether navigating the intricate world of law and finance or traversing rugged landscapes, Benjamin approaches every challenge with resilience and enthusiasm. His journey is a compelling narrative of ambition, dedication, and the continuous pursuit of excellence across continents.
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