At Sentinel Trust, Mike leads the delivery of investment, planning, fiduciary, administrative, and family office services for a select group of clients.

Mike joined Sentinel Trust after a decade of practicing law at two Am Law 100 firms: Baker Botts L.L.P. and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. His practice focused on capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. He also advised clients in connection with periodic SEC reporting, corporate governance, and compliance matters.

Mike is active with his college and law school alumni associations and engagement in local trust and estate study groups.

Professional Experience:

  • Special Counsel, Baker Botts L.L.P. (2022-2023)
    Corporate and securities practice with a focus on equity capital markets transactions.
  • Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (2013-2022)
    Counsel on a variety of securities transactions with an aggregate value of over $58 billion, representing a wide range of issuers, underwriters, and special committees. Advised public company boards of directors and management teams on corporate governance, SEC, stock exchange and FINRA matters.
  • Reservist, United States Marine Corps (2003-2009)
    Machine gunner and section leader assigned to Combined Anti-Armor Team, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment based out of Austin, Texas. Deployed to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Haditha, Iraq (2004-2005).


University of Houston Law Center, JD, cum laude (2013)

University of Texas at Austin, BA in Government (2008)


State Bar of Texas, Member

Texas Bar College, Member


On Watch – April 2024

The latest edition of On Watch is now available for download. This issue features articles about the 4% rule, perpetual trusts, legal documents for young adults and the new Corporate Transparency Act and how that affects family-owned entities.

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Independent Wealth Management Firm, Sentinel Trust Company, Announces the Promotion of Four Senior Officers

HOUSTON, January 16, 2024 — Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, an independent wealth management firm and multi-family office, today announced the promotions of Damon L. Drouet, MBA to Systems Director, Senior Vice President, Shareholder; Brandon D. Harsell, CPA to Director of Tax Planning, Senior Relationship Officer, Managing Director, Shareholder; Michael J. Hoffman, Sr., JD, Senior Relationship…

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