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Paul Michalski

Paul is most energized and fulfilled professionally when he is serving as a trusted advisor and counselor to business and non-profit leaders, particularly those who share his vision for work with a divine purpose and for the dignity of people.  His decades of corporate transactional experience across a wide spectrum of clients and practice areas, as well as several years assisting and guiding various non-profit organizations, give him a seasoned understanding of situations faced by leaders and organizations and a unique “generalist” perspective to opportunities and challenges.  His life-long commitment to “integrity” as a core value has become a passion for carrying out the mission of Integrous.  Paul’s personal purpose statement is “to serve by redeeming work through the impartation of wisdom, spotlighting God’s truth and connecting its meaning to organizational cultures and practices.”

 


 

Paul was a corporate lawyer in New York and London with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a large New York City-based law firm, for over 22 years (including 15 years as a partner).  Among other honors, Paul was recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2006 and 2007; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers in 2008 and 2009; and New York Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2008.  He had a broad-based practice, encompassing:

 

  • Corporate governance and general corporate and securities law advice.
  • Public and private equity and debt securities offerings by U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, including IPOs and convertible, high yield and investment grade debt offerings.
  • Bank financings and restructurings, representing both borrowers and lenders in complex leveraged acquisition financings as well as investment grade loans.
  • Acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures, including U.S., international and cross-border transactions.
  • Joint ventures, including international ventures.

Paul left Cravath in July 2009, initially helping the New Canaan Society (a faith-based, non-profit organization aimed at marketplace men) transition from a regional to a national organization and serving as its Acting President from July 2009.  In recent years, Paul has given his time to:

 

  • New Canaan Society in various roles, including, on a national level, as acting President, Vice President, Secretary, and a member of its national Board of Directors and Management Committee, and, on a local level, as President of the founding chapter in Connecticut since 2007.
  • Praxis (an accelerator program for non-profit entrepreneurs) as an Accelerator Mentor in the areas of integrity and organizational culture and as a member of the Praxis Expert Network.
  • Sovereign’s Capital (a private equity fund focused on growth-stage companies in developing countries that are run based on Biblical values) as an Advisor.
  • Movement Day (an annual gathering in New York of ministry, marketplace and non-profit leaders passionate about cities and their faith) as a member of the planning team for the Professionals and Marketplace track
  • Benjamin Franklin House Foundation as its Chairman and President.
  • The New York Law Institute as a Director.
  • Young Life Darien/Rowayton as a Committee Chair and Committee member.
  • Roton Point Association as a Director.

Paul graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1983 and Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1986. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut and is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Journey to "Integriosity"

This is a talk shared with the NCS Manhattan chapter of the New Canaan Society on June 27, 2019.