Mike Meskill Quoted in “Texas Lawyer” Feature on Jackson Walker Client

December 5, 2014 | Attorney News

The Dec. 1, 2014, article, titled “New Beginnings: GC Hits the Ground Running in Young Company,” details how Mr. Brodersen left Scott & White Health Plan to become general counsel of Molecular Rebar, a relatively new company in a completely different industry. Founded in 2012, Austin-based Molecular Rebar has developed a process for modifying carbon nanotubes for a wide variety of applications and industries.

Mr. Meskill was already working with Molecular Rebar when Mr. Brodersen joined the company and was able to help Mr. Brodersen transition into his new role.

“He [Brodersen] walked into a company with a very complex capital structure and a very complex IP portfolio … he had to jump right in and do a lot in a short period of time and take the lead on a number of significant legal efforts for the company – and he did it,” Mr. Meskill told Texas Lawyer.

In a related sidebar article, titled “Best Practices: Competence, Compatibility, Cost-Effectiveness,” Mr. Brodersen referred to Mr. Meskill as his “go-to guy” on important issues.

“I rely on Mike for advice on a wide range of matters, even those subject matters with which I have familiarity, if the business risk is moderate to high,” Mr. Brodersen said.

Mr. Brodersen further said that Mr. Meskill exemplifies the qualities he looks for in outside counsel.

“Mike meets the three C’s that I consider when selecting outside counsel: competence, compatibility and cost-effectiveness,” he said. “While no single one of these criteria is more important than the other, all three must exist in order to have effective representation from outside counsel. Obviously outside counsel must be competent in their subject matter area, but they must also be able to identify when they need to refer a matter to another attorney. Compatibility is important to me. If I’m going to spend my valuable and limited company resources on counsel, I want to trust and respect the individual to whom I’m sending the business. And finally, cost-effectiveness, which, by the way doesn’t mean cheap. I need to know that I’m getting the best bang for my buck, and that means that I’m getting trustworthy legal advice for a good price.”

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Mr. Meskill’s practice focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and general corporate law. Mr. Meskill represents buyers and sellers in public and private M&A transactions, issuers and underwriters in public and private debt and equity offerings, and companies and special board committees in corporate governance matters. Mr. Meskill is a certified public accountant in the State of Texas. Mr. Meskill was an auditor in the audit department of KPMG LLP from 1989 to 1993, where he was the “in-charge” auditor on numerous public and private company audit engagements. Mr. Meskill received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas and his J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

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Michael F. Meskill
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