ichael P. Bentzen received a JD Degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1964 and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1965. Mike was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1975. Mike’s legal practice concentrates on business-related matters, including formation and maintenance of entities (profit and non-profit corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies), acquisitions and mergers, contracts, financing, real property transactions, and resolutions of commercial disputes. His expertise includes estate planning, including trusts, wills, advanced directives and powers of attorney, estate administration and adoptions.
In 2002, Mike was retained by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Historical Accounting, as expert legal counsel on the common law of trusts in connection with a massive class action brought by Native Americans. Mike has served as corporate and business counsel for Ringling Bros.-Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, Inc., Peoples Drug Stores, The George Washington University, and numerous regional and local businesses. Mike performed legal services in causing dozens of children from Vietnam to be adopted by Washington, DC area families at the close of the Vietnam War.
Mike has been a leader in community activities for over forty years. He has served as president or chairman of a number of important community organizations, such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area, the Montgomery College Foundation, The Barker Foundation, and the Population Reference Bureau, Inc. He is or has been a board member and officer of the John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, the Washington Ballet, the National Council for Adoption, and the Rotary Club of Washington, DC.