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Michael S. Hawley

Of Counsel
Fax +1.704.353.3138
Mr. Hawley, of the Charlotte office, works with business clients on a broad range of legal issues, including commercial contracting; transaction structuring and negotiation; tax matters and estate and succession planning. Many of those clients are active in the international markets.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Hawley was an investment officer at the lead bank of a Florida bank holding company and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at the University of Florida College of Law (1981-1982).


  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, and Trusts and Estates, 2007-2019
  • Selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list, Business/Corporate Law, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006 and 2009
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award (2016)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • World Affairs Council of Charlotte (Director and Past Chair)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (Trustee)
  • Central Piedmont Community College Foundation (Director)
  • Charlotte Regional Partnership (Director and Executive Committee); Business Development Committee (Chair)
  • Charlotte Downtown Rotary Club (President and Director)
  • Charlotte City Club (Director and Past President)
  • Charlotte Foreign Trade Zone #57 (General Counsel)
  • E4 Carolinas, Inc., Energy Hub Initiative (General Counsel)
  • British American Business Council (Past President and Director)
  • Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society (UNCC Chapter)
  • Charlotte Economics Club (Advisory Board; Past Director)
  • North Carolina Society of Financial Analysts
  • NC Zeitgeist Foundation (Director)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hawley is a regular moderator and speaker at professional and community forums, particularly on international topics.

  • Going Global Segment 28: We Discuss the Remarkable Individuals in Charlotte Changing the Global Landscape, WBT Radio, 5 May 2015
  • Represents, as primary outside corporate counsel, businesses in a wide variety of industries.
  • Advises international companies on U.S. and global operations.
  • Represents clients in contract matters, including sales and service agreements, distribution arrangements, joint venture agreements, and supply and procurement contracts.
  • Counsels on tax efficient strategies for implementing planning structures.
  • Advises executives and their families on estate planning and business succession issues.
  • Counsels clients on corporate governance and shareholder dispute issues.