Mike Pfau’s law practice is focused on the representation of businesses and individuals in their corporate, securities, tax, real estate, and other general legal matters. He also provides general counsel services to technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, real estate, and service businesses. He is very active advising technology start-up companies.
Mike represents the leading real estate firms in the Central Coast in their sophisticated acquisition, financing, and leasing transactions.
Mike has extensive experience with private offerings of securities, including “Regulation D” private placements with venture firms, “Angel” investors, and strategic partners. As part of his corporate practice, he assists clients in selecting an appropriate form of entity, capitalizing the entity, retaining key employees, and negotiating and documenting real property leasing, loan, strategic distribution, manufacturing, and licensing arrangements, as well as merger and acquisition transactions.
Mike earned his law degree from Boston College Law School and a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Income Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and was admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1979 and in California in 1986. He is a founding partner of Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy. Prior to starting that firm, he was a partner in Schramm & Raddue.
Mike was founding director and shareholder of Business First Bank in Santa Barbara, and is on the Board of Directors of Heritage Oaks Bank (Nasdaq: HEOP). He also was a founding board member of Venture Investment Partners, a group of angel investors that invest in start-up companies based in the Central Coast.
Mike is an active member of the Santa Barbara community. He is an advisor to the Technology Management Program at UCSB's College of Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project. Mike is the Past President of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce and was a founding director and is a past president of the Santa Barbara Region Economic Community Project, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Direct Relief International, the United Boys and Girls Club, the Goleta Boys and Girls Club (where he was president), the Santa Barbara Public Education Fund and the Goleta Chamber of Commerce.