Partner, Corporate + Securities


Michael S. McGovern is a Partner, Corporate + Securities, at RWR Legal, where he represents domestic and foreign small-cap companies, private equity funds, investors, and industry professionals in the areas of Capital Markets and Private Placements, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Funds, Funds of Funds, Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Taxation, Cross-Border Transactions, Corporate Counsel and Corporate Governance, and Securities Law and Compliance.  Mike works directly with his clients on transactions focused primarily in the technology, consumer products, real estate, and financial and investment products industries, ranging in deal size from $250 thousand to over $100 million, and involving parties located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to joining RWR Legal, Michael McGovern practiced for several years as an Associate in the Corporate & Securities, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate departments at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin, Texas.  Before that, he was a Corporate, Securities, and Tax Associate at Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., in Oklahoma City.  During law school, he clerked for an international investment financial institution in Washington, D.C., an oil and gas firm in Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General. Before pursuing his legal career, Mike served as a Financial Advisor at Wachovia Securities, LLC, and a Business and Personal Banker at Wachovia Bank, N.A.

Michael McGovern earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation with Highest Honors from Georgetown Law in 2012. In 2011, Mr. McGovern graduated Magna Cum Laude as a Merit Scholar from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he served as a member of Law Review, Moot Court Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society, and the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court, and was a recipient of Deans List and Faculty Honor Roll honors, as well as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Corporate Law Award of 2011. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, where he graduated with Honors.

Mike is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, and before the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

  • Georgetown Law, Master of Laws in Taxation
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • C-BAR/EGBI (Economic Growth Business Incubator)
  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • Texas VLS (Volunteer Legal Services)
    • Pro Bono Family Law Representation of Victims of Domestic Violence
  • BiGAustin – Start Smart
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (IRS/ABA), Former Chairman and OCU Law Program Co-Founder
  • Leander Independent School District Bond Subcommittee member

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  • Corporate & Securities Law
  • Capital Markets and Private Placements
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity Funds and Funds of Funds
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Corporate Law
  • General Corporate Counsel
  • Start-ups
  • Taxation
  • American Bar Association
    • Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Business, Corporate, and Tax Section
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Division
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Fraternity
  • Hedge Fun Group (HFG) Association: Alternative Investments, CTA Funds, and Funds of Funds
  • American Inns of Court – William J. Holloway, Jr. Inn, Former Student Member