Michael lived and worked in Beijing for nearly 15 years and is currently based in Rochester, New York. In Beijing, Mike practiced corporate law with international law firms where he represented both foreign and Chinese companies and individuals in M&A transactions, media and entertainment projects, and private equity and regulatory matters in China across many industry sectors. He advised clients on structuring complicated cross-border investments in regulated industries in China, including aviation, telecommunications, film and media, life sciences, publishing, mining, and real estate. He also represented clients involved in crisis situations that required coordinated cross-border government relations strategies in connection with government investigations, IP theft, employee scandals, accounting fraud allegations, and Chinese regulatory issues and potential public scandals.
Mike is the former Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee and former Chair of the Media and Entertainment Forum. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dardzinski also founded the first annotated online Chinese legal research database, which he eventually sold to Thomson/Westlaw. He also co-founded Project Homeless Connect Rochester (PHCR) in his hometown Rochester, NY. PHCR has become the largest one-day comprehensive homeless service day in Rochester, NY for the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness.