Michael E. Flowers
Of Counsel
(614) 456-1655
Office: Columbus
J.D. The Ohio State University
B.S.B.A. Bucknell University
Licensure: OH
See Education


Michael Flowers focuses his practice in the areas of business, real estate, and corporate finance law.  He is a former Chief Legal Counsel of KBK Enterprises (a multi-state real estate development company) where he was in charge of business activities and real estate projects. Mr. Flowers is a former partner of Bricker & Eckler, LLP and has extensive experience in corporate law, corporate governance, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, formation of business entities, venture capital financing and emerging entity representation, and commercial real estate law.

Mr. Flowers has recently completed 12 years of service as a member of the Columbus State Community College Board.  He has been appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich as a member of the Minority Development Financing Advisory Board. He was also appointed to the Small Business Advisory Council by Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor. He is charged with advising the Lieutenant Governor as she oversees the Common Sense Initiative that is aimed at reducing the potential adverse impact of various government rules and regulations on small businesses.

Work Experience

2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2016 Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, KBK Enterprises
1995-2007 Bricker & Eckler, LLP
1979-1995 Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP

Speaking Engagements

"Why Rule of Law is an Imperative," Columbus Business First, 2016

"Common Sense Initiative Improving Ohio's Business Environment," Columbus Business First, 2015

"How Magna Carta has Flexed an Enduring Legacy in our Nation," Columbus Business First, 2015

"Legal Services Needs Full Funding to Meet Rising Demands of Poor," Columbus Business First, 2015

"How Ohioans Win if They Know About Their Judiciary," Columbus Business First, 2015

"Rising Tide of Cyber Attacks Puts U.S. Businesses on Legal Defensive," Columbus Business First, 2014

"Why the Jury System Helps to Preserve America's Democracy," Columbus Business First, 2014

Key Experience

Served as lead counsel for all aspects of transactions for numerous developers including the formation of the ownership entity, negotiation and drafting of master development agreements, prepared contracts and agreements with architects, engineers, and other service providers, resolved real estate title issues, supervised document due diligence review, drafted and negotiated tenant leases, supervised work of outside law firms, and prepared required closing legal opinions
Managed all legal aspects of multi-state real estate development firm with projects valuing in the aggregate in excess of $500 million dollars
Experienced in corporate governance, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, formation of business entities, venture capital financing, and federal and state securities law

Memberships & Awards

Board of Governors, American Bar Association (2012-2015)
Member, American Law Institute
Special Advisor, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association
Member, Board of Trustees, Ohio State Bar Foundation (Received Ritter Award for Professionalism in 2005), 2010-2012
Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
The John Mercer Langston Bar Association Distinguished Leader Award, 2006
The Best Lawyers in America® 2005-2006; 2017, 2018, 2019 (Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Law)
The Ohio State University Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award, 2006
America's Top Black Lawyers, Black Enterprise Magazine, 2003
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, 2000
Chair, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association (1999-2000)