Michael Johnson Legal LLC

Lawyers for Small Businesses and Physicians

PERSONAL SERVICE

Building personal relationships is the cornerstone of our practice.

Flat Fee Packages

No shock-billing here! You will know what to expect.

Preventive Lawyering

Consult us in advance to avoid legal spend.

About Michael

Too many physicians are left guessing on their contracts because they lack access to a lawyer who understands their unique needs. Physician contracting is a detailed, nuanced area of the law. We pride ourselves on serving physicians with a personalized evaluation of their contracts, thoughtful negotiation strategies, and enforcement when necessary.

Large law firms often price themselves out of this market with excessive overhead and marketing that raises costs, not quality. Our mission is to change this and provide a voice for physicians. I designed our lean, client-centered practice so we could faithfully serve small businesses and physicians, not mega-corporations. We would love an opportunity to help you achieve your goals.

ESTIMATED COST OF REPLACING A PHYSICIAN (AMA)

ESTIMATED PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE BY 2034 (AMA)

TYPICAL EARNINGS FOR THE FIRST 2-5 YEARS POST-TRAINING (ME)

Physician Contract Law

Protecting Your Career in Medicine

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Employment

Evaluating and negotiating your physician employment contracts.

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Knowledge is power, and our primary goal is to help you evaluate and understand what your physician contract means for your career and life plan. We use our experience to identify potential advantageous areas to negotiate, and help you pursue your goals.

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1099 – Independent Contractor and Locums

Protecting independent contractors and locums/part time contracts.

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Full-time W2 employment is not always best. The flexibility and control afforded by 1099 IC and Locums contracts can be a great addition to your full-time employed position, or can be your primary employment. We help you navigate the unique issues independent physicians face with these contracts and help you pursue maximum value.

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Partnership

Guiding you to favorable ownership rights in private practices.

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The nature of a ‘partnership’ contract creates unique rights and responsibilities between you and your partners. We help understand and negotiate those terms, evaluating what this change means for your life plan and career.

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Arbitration and Litigation

Prosecuting and defending your legal claims.

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Noncompete, Nonsolicit, Term and Termination, Compensation, Breach of Contract, Fraud, and Employment claims… lean on our background and experience to preserve and defend your legal rights through arbitration or litigation.

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Renegotiation + Exit Strategy

Strategizing how to renegotiate and exit your current practice (they go together for a reason!)

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Advising physicians on thoughtful ways to obtain a better legal relationship through renegotiation and obtaining new employment offers. If you are wondering, “How should I navigate changing practices?” – You are in the right place!

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PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION

You deserve fair, clear, and enforceable compensation packages.

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We have the MGMA data and the experience to interpret that information to assist you in evaluating compensation packages. This information, especially when paired with local competitive offers and the ability to leave, can create leverage to renegotiate compensation. We help you advocate for appropriate compensation for your work.

Business Law

Personal service on a customized budget

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Formation and Incorporation

Navigating the early stages of your business, including corporate formation, operating agreements, and business consulting.

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I help start-ups set their business up for success. For example, there are several different corporate forms with unique advantages. Multi-member LLCs need to have a written operating agreement, executed by all members, clearly delineating ownership interest, management responsibilities, and how a member can dissociate.

Read more on this topic in this post, LLC Operating Agreement: Every LLC Needs One”.

 

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Contract Design and Strategy

Securing and negotiating the key contracts that form the legal foundations of your business.

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It is vital to strategically design the legal relationships between the business and its most valuable employees, co-owners, independent contractors, suppliers, and clients. Contracts should be in writing. Although handshake agreements can be quick and efficient, the business may be disadvantaged when a dispute arises.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Preserving and defending your business through litigation and dispute resolution.

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I assist businesses by litigating and resolving a wide variety of issues, including LLC member disputes, breach of contract, B2B torts, consumer protection, and any other claims that may arise. I am equally involved in representing plaintiffs and defendants, and have extensive experience in all stages of litigation.

Read more on this topic in this post, Demystifying Small Business Litigation“.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Growing, acquiring, or selling your business through small business M&A.

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You can become a business owner or grow your existing business by acquiring another business. You also have the option of cashing out and selling your business. A merger or acquisition (“M&A”) includes a purchase of assets or of stock of another company. You may initially think of M&A as something only the largest companies do, but often great value can be purchased by merger or acquisition of a small company.

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Outsourced General Counsel

Part-time general counsel and risk management on a personalized budget for your business.

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I am here to simplify potentially complex legal issues and help you focus on your core competencies. I deliver value in management and retention of employees, insurance coverages and risk management, employment agreements and handbooks, ongoing contract management, accounts receivables, and leases.

Read more on this topic in this post, “Small Business General Counsel“.

Virtual Law Practice

Reducing costs, not quality.

I have practiced remotely and virtually since the inception of Michael Johnson Legal. My goal has been to aggressively reduce overhead and marketing costs to ensure you are paying for my legal expertise instead of a view from an expensive office. I have offices in Milwaukee and New Orleans, but 99% of my client communications are completed virtually.

The Process

Step 1

Free initial consult via Zoom (1 Hour)

Step 2

Detailed physician contract evaluation report

Step 3

Follow up Zoom conference (1 Hour)

Step 4

Send tailored negotiation letter to employer

Step 5

Evaluate the employer response! Are you ready to sign, negotiate further, or walk away?!?

Read Our Intro Letter 

 You have trained and sacrificed for a long time, and now it’s time to transition out of training and begin the career you have been waiting for. This transition can be confusing and there is a lot on the line, but we are here to help. We proudly serve as the guide for hundreds of physicians who are seeking to navigate this transition with clarity and confidence. We have extensive experience counseling physicians on career decisions in all specialties and across the country. Through working with us, we are confident that you will gain much more insight into whether this contract is a good fit for you, and proceed with a personally tailored plan of how you may want to negotiate. Our rates and offerings are outlined below, and we look forward to discussing your options to find the best fit.

What People Say

Testimonials

"He will be my first call."

“I received a demand letter from a former business partner with what I believed to be a fraudulent lawsuit. When faced with a long and potentially costly trial I reached out to Michel to help resolve this matter. I must say his professionalism as well as his communication skills and availability were a huge comfort in a very stressful time. As a result of working with Michael I was able to reach a settlement that worked for both me and my former business partner. I would highly suggest working with Michael, and if I’m ever faced with a similar situation, he will be my first call.”

T.B. – Small Business Owner, Medical Distribution

"...he always had my business interests at the forefront."

“During the initial months of COVID-19 shutdowns, my commercial tenant stopped paying. Michael’s legal and business expertise helped guide me through a challenging and shifting legal landscape. I felt he always had my business interests at the forefront. He helped me through demand letters and strategic communications to renegotiate the commercial lease and avoid costly default and eviction proceedings.”

M.T. – Commercial Landlord

"All physicians should consult Michael before they sign any employment contract."

“Michael evaluated and negotiated my moonlighting contracts through residency and my first attending contract. Physicians are often shy about pushing for what they deserve. Michael can help you push for more. Michael is great at simplifying the intentionally-frustrating legalese in employment contracts and helping advocate for what is important to you. He understands how physician employment contracts have a huge impact on your life and your family because we have gone through this process as a family. All physicians should consult Michael before they sign any employment contract.”

ALLYSON DARGA M.D. – MICHAEL’S WIFE, PSYCHIATRIST, POTENTIALLY BIASED REVIEWER!

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Unless I am in trial, I will promptly return your message before the end of the next business day. Almost all of my prospective client appointments are virtual. Please indicate whether you would like to meet by phone call, FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. Please also note that nothing you put in the message box shall create an attorney-client relationship and shall not be held confidential. If you know who the adverse party will be on your issue, please include that party in your message so that I may check for potential conflicts.

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Before you start interviewing, seriously consider if PSLF is right for you. I encourage physicians to consider public service loan forgiveness when they have 1x or more in debt compared to their expected annual revenues. Additionally, I encourage physicians to leans towards PSLF-eligible employment when they want to live in a high cost of living area, they have kids, they have a nonworking spouse, they have other debts, or maybe they’re just generally not great at saving. I have tons of clients that come to me after 3 to 7 years in a PSLF-eligible employer who have accomplished forgiveness, and are now looking to do something different with the next step for their career. if you were hesitant about PSLF because you don’t believe it is actually working, I encourage you to reassess because I see it working almost every week. #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #DocsNegotiate2024

Before you start interviewing, seriously consider if PSLF is right for you. I encourage physicians to consider public service loan forgiveness when they have 1x or more in debt compared to their expected annual revenues. Additionally, I encourage physicians to leans towards PSLF-eligible employment when they want to live in a high cost of living area, they have kids, they have a nonworking spouse, they have other debts, or maybe they’re just generally not great at saving. I have tons of clients that come to me after 3 to 7 years in a PSLF-eligible employer who have accomplished forgiveness, and are now looking to do something different with the next step for their career. if you were hesitant about PSLF because you don’t believe it is actually working, I encourage you to reassess because I see it working almost every week. #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #DocsNegotiate2024 ...

Many physicians pick a job expecting to work in a particular location. The job posting mentioned it. The interview process was conducted at this location. The offer letter mentioned it. However, the contract said work location “shall be at the discretion of the employer.” A few years pass by. Management changes. The employer changes a bit through acquisition of private practices and new leadership. The folks you interviewed with are no longer with the employer. Nobody remembers the interview promises made to you years ago because they only have the contract. That contract has an “entire agreement” clause that says any other promises not made in writing in the contract are not enforceable. You ignored the 2 yr 50 mile noncompete because the employer said it was standard and your attending repeated that useless phrase. Now you are forced into a 2hr daily commute because terminating your contract means pulling your kids out of their school and your spouse giving up a job that they love… this is a common occurrence. Seriously consider the impact of an open-ended work locations clause! #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #DocsNegotiate2024

Many physicians pick a job expecting to work in a particular location. The job posting mentioned it. The interview process was conducted at this location. The offer letter mentioned it. However, the contract said work location “shall be at the discretion of the employer.” A few years pass by. Management changes. The employer changes a bit through acquisition of private practices and new leadership. The folks you interviewed with are no longer with the employer. Nobody remembers the interview promises made to you years ago because they only have the contract. That contract has an “entire agreement” clause that says any other promises not made in writing in the contract are not enforceable. You ignored the 2 yr 50 mile noncompete because the employer said it was standard and your attending repeated that useless phrase. Now you are forced into a 2hr daily commute because terminating your contract means pulling your kids out of their school and your spouse giving up a job that they love… this is a common occurrence. Seriously consider the impact of an open-ended work locations clause! #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #DocsNegotiate2024 ...

Yes, even anesthesiologist need to be wary of a terrible exit strategy! Pay close attention to the nonsolicit of facilities… If the practice you’re working at has multiple contracts with facilities across your area and prevents you from working at any of those facilities upon exit, you might find yourself in a very problematic restrictive covenant! Although it doesn’t really make any sense, I also see geographic restrictions on anesthesiologist. Finally, make sure you cover the other basics, like the malpractice tail provision, term and termination clauses, moonlighting versus exclusive contracts, and compensation clawback and waiver issues. I will occasionally see anesthesiology contracts that have a flat salary with completely open ended definitions of work obligations and exceedingly painful exit strategies… Please don’t let this be you! Anesthesiologists are not immune from terrible contracts and specifically terrible exit strategies, so please make sure you properly evaluate and negotiate your contract. #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #docsnegotiate2024

Yes, even anesthesiologist need to be wary of a terrible exit strategy! Pay close attention to the nonsolicit of facilities… If the practice you’re working at has multiple contracts with facilities across your area and prevents you from working at any of those facilities upon exit, you might find yourself in a very problematic restrictive covenant! Although it doesn’t really make any sense, I also see geographic restrictions on anesthesiologist. Finally, make sure you cover the other basics, like the malpractice tail provision, term and termination clauses, moonlighting versus exclusive contracts, and compensation clawback and waiver issues. I will occasionally see anesthesiology contracts that have a flat salary with completely open ended definitions of work obligations and exceedingly painful exit strategies… Please don’t let this be you! Anesthesiologists are not immune from terrible contracts and specifically terrible exit strategies, so please make sure you properly evaluate and negotiate your contract. #physicianemploymentcontract #physicianemploymentcontractreview #physicianemploymentlawyer #physician #physicians #physicianresident #resident #residents #medstudent #medstudents #medicalstudent #medicalstudents #docsnegotiate2024 ...

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