Michael J. Herling

Michael J. Herling

Michael J. Herling

T: (203) 325-5015 - F: (203) 325-5001

Mike Herling is a founding partner of Finn Dixon & Herling. Mr. Herling regularly represents clients in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, securities law and corporate governance.

Mr. Herling has significant experience representing private equity, venture capital, growth capital, mezzanine capital and leveraged buy-out funds and their portfolio companies in their investments, acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings and other activities. Fund clients for whom Mike has provided substantial advice include Capital Partners, L Catterton Growth Partners, GarMark Capital Partners, Gridiron Capital, Oak HC/FT Partners, RFE Investment Partners, Saugatuck Capital Company, Dubin Clark and Southfield Capital Partners.

Mr. Herling also has significant experience representing businesses in connection with their strategic activities, including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, and securities offerings, as well as corporate governance matters. Clients are involved in industries as diverse as medical devices, consumer products, retail, building materials, shipping, fintech, healthcare services and others.


Recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate, 2007-2018 (view the selection criteria)

Leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hedge Funds, Securities, Tax, 2005-2018 (view the selection criteria)


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1982
  • Colgate University, A.B., 1979, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honors in History

Bar Admission

  • Connecticut, 1982

Associations and Memberships

Colgate University

  • Board of Trustees, 2007-Present
    • Vice-Chair, 2015-2019; Chair, 2019
    • Chairperson - Presidential Search Committee, 2015
  • Alumni Corporation Board of Directors, 2003-2013
    • Executive Committee, 2004-2006

The Business Council of Fairfield County

  • Board of Directors, 2011-2015

Stamford Health System, Board of Directors, 1997-2008

  • Chairperson, 2003-2006
  • Vice Chairperson, 1999-2003

The Brink's Company, Board of Directors, 2009-Present

  • Non-Executive Chairperson

Connecticut Bar Association

  • Business Law Section

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Committee