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Michelle Rowe Hallsten represents emerging and established companies in a variety of practice areas, including general corporate, securities, corporate governance, private debt and equity financings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Her client base covers many industries, including technology, health care, insurance, business services, life sciences, retail, publishing, professional services and real estate.

Prior to joining the firm, Michelle served as a staff attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and was also in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm for four years.


  • Corporate
  • Securities
  • Corporate governance
  • Private debt and equity financings
  • Venture capital
  • Mergers and acquisitions


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2020-2023
  • Listed, The Legal 500, “M&A Private Practice Powerlist – USA Region,” 2023-2024
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Listed, “Top Lawyer,” Sacramento magazine
    • Mergers & Acquisitions, 2015-2016, 2022-2023
    • Business/Corporate, 2019, 2021, 2023
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Sacramento Angels
    • Former Board Member
  • Member, Sacramento Area Partnership Council, American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • Member, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, American Heart Association
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
    • Founder and Former Chair, Business Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of California
    • Former Member, Business Law Section
    • Former Member, Corporations Committee


  • J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1979
  • California