Michael Miller is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and business advisor. He began his over thirty five year career in 1987, the heyday of hostile acquisitions as a Wall Street lawyer practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, labor, and intellectual property at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York and Skadden Arps in Los Angeles. Michael worked on some of the largest transactions in corporate history at the time, including the takeover of E.F. Hutton, Singer Sewing Machine, Allied Stores, and RJR Nabisco as well as corporate financings for Drexel Lambert led by Mike Milken.
Michael moved into investment management in 2008 as a Managing Director of Bel Air Investment Advisers, which oversaw $5 billion for 300 wealthy families and foundations. After the firm was sold to a Canadian Bank, Michael replaced the ex-President of the Dodgers at Northern Trust to oversee the Wealth Advisory Group in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for over $2 billion in asset oversight, client management, banking and trust and estates.
In 2015, Michael left Northern after a near fatal car accident. Michael presently oversees venture investments for a number of high net worth families and is a co-founder of Over 21 Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused primarily on all aspects of the nascent domestic and international cannabis industry. Michael recently launched Table 21, a cannabis dining salon bringing together investors, lawmakers, CEO’s, and medical researchers, and The Beach Cities Cannabis Conference in Los Angeles. Michael advised on the launch of the first 24/7 cannabis lifestyle radio station, “Purple Haze” on the Dash Radio Network (the new XM radio providing free, commercial free digital radio with over 30 million subscribers), and is the creator, producer and host of “CannaBusiness”- the first international weekly talk show focused on the economics, legal, medical and regulatory issues facing the nascent legal cannabis industry.
Michael’s first children’s book was published last year, entitled “The Gift”. His next writing projects include a novel entitled “Mommy Hours” and a non-fiction political history of intoxication, entitled “Weedonomics: from criminal to corporate enterprise. Michael is a frequent public speaker in the areas of start-ups, financial literacy, the national opiate crisis, finding life’s balance, as well as being a passionate advocate and public policy crusader on cannabis education and medical research.
Michael has advised thousands of start-ups and their founders as a lawyer, financier, board member, strategic adviser and mentor.
Raised with the dna of philanthropy and volunteerism, Michael has dedicated a substantial portion of his life to “giving back” and Tikkun Olam, or “leaving the world a better place”. Michael’s philanthropic involvement has ranged from academic institutions such as the Technion and The London School of Economics, to equal access to the arts through the Los Angeles Photography Center and California, the Santa Monica Symphony, and California Lawyers for the Arts, and to social issues through the National Bully Prevention Foundation, the Sunset Hollywood Free Clinic, Bet Tzedek, the Anti-Sex and Child Labor Trafficing Foundation and Project Heal. Michael also donates the use of his home for non-profits monthly and has raised millions of dollars as a result of these efforts.