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Doing Business with the Government, Ethically

Michael Burchstead

The activities of lawmakers, government and other public entities are under intense scrutiny these days.  Which means that businesses need to be aware of the legal ramifications of their interactions with these organizations.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Burchstead, an attorney with Collins and Lacy in Columbia, SC and the head of their new government, ethics, and compliance practice.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.