Michael H. Trotter


Atlanta, Georgia

Michael H. Trotter enjoys assisting clients in devising successful solutions to difficult business/legal problems and in finding answers that save companies in some cases and resolve complex challenges in others.

Mr. Trotter has served at various times as the principal securities lawyer for more than 15 public companies. He also served as the principal corporate attorney for several of these clients. Mr. Trotter has been the responsible attorney for debt financings as large as $525 million, and he has supervised the legal work related to many business sales and acquisitions. He has served as special counsel to committees of independent directors in corporate investigations.

Mr. Trotter has devoted significant time to the representation of closely held businesses as well as family businesses, and he has served as an expert witness/expert adviser with respect to law firm operations and economics in two of the largest law firm bankruptcy proceedings in recent years. Mr. Trotter has served as a special master for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

He has taught securities regulation at the Emory University School of Law as well as courses in law firm management and economics.

Mr. Trotter is the author of two important books on the economics and operations of major business practice law firms in America titled, “Profit and the Practice of Law: What’s Happened to the Legal Profession?,” and “Declining Prospects: How Extraordinary Competition and Compensation Are Changing America’s Major Law Firms.” As the author of “What’s to Become of the Legal Profession?,” published in 2017, he discusses the future of the practice of law in the United States. All of Mr. Trotter’s books can be found on Amazon.com.


  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Division’s Law Firm Finance Committee, Past Chair; Law Practice Division’s Knowledge Strategy Interest Group, Past Board Member; Law Practice Division’s Lawyer Leadership & Management Interest Group, Past Member
  • Atlanta Children and Youth Services Council, Past Director and Secretary
  • Atlanta Commission on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Past Staff Attorney
  • Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Member
  • Brown University, Trustee, 1978-1983
  • Student Life Committee and the Minority Affairs Committee of the Brown Corp., Member, 1978-1992
  • Buckhead Coalition, Past Director
  • Butler Y Homes, Past Director
  • Central Atlanta Progress, Past Director
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber, Education Committee, Past Member
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber, Past Education Committee
  • Principal founder, Former executive officer and director of Good Government Atlanta, Research Atlanta, and the Atlanta Committee for Public Education (various times between 1966 and 2002)
  • Special Committee appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in the early 1970s to advise the Atlanta Public School System on the creation and operation of a unitary school system, Past Member
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Atlanta Action Forum, Past Agenda Committee Chair and Member, Past Co-Secretary
  • The Atlanta Crime Commission, Past Director
  • The Butler Street YMCA, Past Director
  • The Clark Atlanta University School of Business, Past Advisory Board Member
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta, Past Director
  • Urban Design Commission of the City of Atlanta, Past Member


  • Phoenix Award, 2016, Mayor of Atlanta, for contributions to the City
  • Daily Report, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • First recipient of the “Igniting a Passion for Justice Award” of the Southern Regional Council, 2001
  • Distinguished Service Award of the Atlanta Business League, 1986
  • Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Trustee, 1978-1983
  • Harvard University, Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1958-1959

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Business


  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1962
  • Brown University, BA, cum laude, 1958
  • Harvard University, MA, 1959

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia