Michael S. Divine, Esq.

Michael S. Divine joined Arnold Rodman & Kretchmer in February of 2018 and assists clients with a broad range of business, trust, and estate matters. Mr. Divine is licensed in Minnesota and Massachusetts and meets with clients in both Minneapolis and Boston.

Business Services

Mr. Divine provides advice and guidance to founders, executives, and boards at every stage of the business life cycle. Services include, but are not limited to: sales, mergers, and acquisitions; financing; valuation services; founder, employee, and stockholder agreements; corporate governance; securities; tax law; board matters; and business succession. Mr. Divine’s diverse business experience includes serving as General Counsel at a company in Silicon Valley, working as Chief Legal Officer at an MIT-based start-up, and assisting some of the Twin Cities’ most well-known companies. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Divine previously served on founding teams selected to Y-Combinator, MIT Delta V, and the Harvard Innovation Labs.

Trust and Estate

Mr. Divine’s trust and estate experience includes planning for estates ranging from the insolvent to those valued at many hundreds of millions. He assists families with services including:

  • Revocable / Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • QTIP Trusts (useful for blended families and/or second marriages)
  • QDOT Trusts (useful when one spouse is a noncitizen)
  • Cabin Trusts
  • Wills
  • Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney

Mr. Divine also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate, trust administration, and guardianship matters.

Biography

Mr. Divine was born and raised in the Twin Cities. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Minnesota. In his spare time Mr. Divine advises student entrepreneurs through the MIT Sandbox program.

Education

Harvard University, Master of Liberal Arts, Finance, Academic Honors (2019).

University of Minnesota, Juris Doctor, ​Magna Cum Laude (2012).

University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude (2008).

Admissions

Minnesota Supreme Court

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

U.S. Federal Court, District of Minnesota

Awards

University of Minnesota Human Rights Law Award.

North Star Attorney Award.

Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Recognition.

Articles/Presentations

Presenter, Intellectual Property Law for University-Based Founders, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship: Legal Series #3 (2019).

Presenter, Essentials of Incorporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship: Legal Series #2 (2019).

Presenter, Legal Pitfalls for Startups, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship: Legal Series #1 (2019).

Presenter, Estate Administration from Start to Finish: Complex Issues in Estate Administration, National Business Institute (2017).

Presenter, Planning for Disabled Beneficiaries, National Business Institute (2016).

Co-Presenter, Scenario Planning and Drafting for Trusts & Estate Attorneys, Minnesota State Bar Association (2016).

Co-Presenter, Let’s Get Digital: How the Law is Playing Catch-Up,  Elder Law Institute (2016).

Author, Planning for the Care of Minor Children in Minnesota, Epilawg (2016).

Presenter, Powers of Appointment in Estate Planning, National Business Institute (2015).

Co-author, Unprotected by Law, in Theorizing Noncitizenship (Routledge) (2015).

Co-author, The Human Rights of Migrants, in Foundations of International Migration Law (Cambridge University) (2012).

For more information or to set up an initial consultation, please contact:
(952) 955-8008 or [email protected]