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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.


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

Speaking Engagements

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