Award Sponsor: California State University Channel Islands
Mike Pfau is a founding partner of Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP, a securities, real estate, tax, and transactional firm located in Santa Barbara. Mike graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 summa cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Boston College in 1979, and an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. Before founding his current law firm in 1996, Mike was a partner of the Santa Barbara law firm of Schramm & Raddue, which he joined in 1985. Before moving to Santa Barbara, Mike practiced law as an appellate criminal prosecutor for the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in Washington, D.C., for four years, and with a private law firm in Hartford, Connecticut, for two and one-half years. Mike has been a frequent speaker before various local and regional industry and professional groups, as well as at various classes and programs at UCSB.
Mike’s law practice emphasizes the representation of individuals, institutional real estate, and emerging growth business enterprises, including start-ups and publicly traded companies. Mike provides legal services for the general business, real estate, securities, tax, and financing needs of his clients, including private and public offerings of securities.
Mike has been actively involved in community affairs since coming to Santa Barbara. In 1993 and 1994, Mike co-authored two white papers on the challenges and opportunities in restoring the South Coast’s high technology job base, which spurred a significant communitywide economic development initiative. As a result of that activity, he became a founding member of the board of directors and president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, Mike was a founding shareholder and director of Business First Bank, which was acquired by Heritage Oaks Bank in 2007. He then joined the board of directors of Heritage Oaks Bank, where he served until it was acquired by Pacific Premier Bank in March 2017. Mike served on the board of Pacific Premier Bank until May 2018.
Mike’s community activities have included serving on the board of directors and as president of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project; on the board of directors and as president of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce; on the board of directors and as president of the Goleta Boys & Girls Club; on the board of directors of the United Boys and Girls Club; on the board of directors of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce; on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Public Education Fund; on the board of directors and as president of the Santa Barbara Region Economic Community Project; and on the board of directors of Direct Relief International.
Mike and his wife, Aleisa, have been married for 43 years, and have three children and two grandchildren.