Michael McGovern

Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) (highest honors)
Oklahoma City University School of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.) (magna cum laude)
University of Maryland, B.A., Criminology & Criminal Justice, Psychology and Astronomy (with honors)

Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Professional Associations:
American Bar Association, Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee
Austin Bar Association, Business, Corporate, and Tax Section
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Oklahoma Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Texas Young Lawyers Division
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Fraternity
Hedge Fund Group (HFG) Association: Alternative Investments, CTA Funds, and Funds of Funds
American Inns of Court – William J. Holloway, Jr. Inn, Former Student Member

Pro Bono & Volunteer Work:
Austin Sunshine Camps – Board Committee Member
C-BAR/EGBI (Economic Growth Business Incubator)
NewCo Austin presenter
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Texas VLS (Volunteer Legal Services), Pro Bono Family Law Representation of Victims of Domestic Violence
Veterans Legal Advice Clinic – Attorney Volunteer - Austin Bar Association
BiGAustin – Start Smart
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (IRS/ABA), Former Chairman and OCU Law Program Co-Founder
Leander Independent School District Bond Subcommittee member
Junior League – Roundtable Speaker

Office: Austin
Phone: 512-277-6094
Email: [email protected]

Michael McGovern is a trusted legal adviser to companies and individuals for matters that impact the bottom line.

  • Individual & Corporate Growth. Mike has been at the helm of countless negotiations and transactions involving equity and debt offerings for individuals and companies alike. Whether it’s guiding investors through the intricacies of an investment or helping a company grow its business venture, Mike takes a hands-on approach to helping his clients understand and successfully navigate corporate and securities transactions.
  • Tax Consequences. Mike relies on a wealth of experience and training to structure companies and transactions in a tax-effective manner, meaning each decision is made with careful thought to limiting his clients’ tax liability and exposure and protecting their assets. Mike also has extensive experience representing individuals and companies against the IRS and state tax authorities in tax controversy matters and has successfully negotiated numerous tax collections, penalty abatements, and lien removals and withdrawals for his clients.
  • High-Value Transactions. Whether it’s real estate transactions or corporate mergers and acquisitions, Mike has been at the forefront of ushering in optimal outcomes for clients when high-dollar assets and their livelihood are at play.

Michael is a Partner with The Gober Group and a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities and Tax practice group. He represents domestic and foreign companies, private equity funds, investors, and industry professionals in the areas of Capital Markets and Private Placements, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Funds, Funds of Funds, Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Tax Planning and Structuring, Tax Controversy, Cross-Border Transactions, Corporate Counsel and Corporate Governance, and Securities Law and Compliance. Mike works directly with his clients on transactions focused primarily in the technology, consumer products, real estate, and financial and investment products industries, typically ranging in deal size from several hundred thousand dollars to well over $100 million, and involving parties located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Mike began his career in the corporate, securities, and tax practice group at a nationally recognized Big Law firm. As he continued to refine his expertise, and in the pursuit of moving away from the massive Big Law firm model, Mike relocated to Austin, Texas to practice corporate, securities, and tax law at a local Austin, Texas firm dedicated to serving companies, investors, and industry professionals located in Austin and across the globe with a personal and attentive approach to client relationships, which has remained his style of practice ever since. During law school, he clerked for an international financial investment institution in Washington, D.C. and the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General. Before pursuing his legal career, Mike served as a Financial Advisor for a worldwide banking institution.

Mike earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation with Highest Honors from Georgetown Law in 2012. In 2011, Mr. McGovern graduated magna cum laude as a Merit Scholar from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he served as a member of Law Review, Moot Court Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society, and the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court, and was a recipient of Deans List and Faculty Honor Roll honors, as well as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Corporate Law Award of 2011. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, where he graduated with honors.