MEET The Team

Prior to joining Matterhorn, our team worked at a number of top legal firms including Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, where they advised on everything from startup formations to multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions.

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Thomas Earnest

Thomas is a partner at Matterhorn Legal, where he represents clients on a variety of corporate legal needs, including formation, company- and investor-side financing, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate advisory. Prior to Matterhorn, Thomas was an attorney in the M&A group of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented companies at various stages in their life-cycle on numerous complex transactional matters, including acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, spin-outs, venture-backed financings and the general corporate support related thereto.  Prior to Wilson Sonsini, he was a corporate attorney at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, where he represented private and public companies on various general corporate and transactional matters. Throughout his career, he has advised on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $45 billion. 

Thomas graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors, with a degree in international affairs.  He earned his law degree from the New York University School of Law, graduating cum laude, where he was scholar at the Institute for International Law and Justice.  He is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York.  Prior to law school, Thomas was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunis, Tunisia and a staff advisor to a former Member of the U.S. Congress.  Thomas is an avid traveler and skier.

Thomas is admitted to practice in California and New York. 

email: Thomas Earnest // phone: (256) 527-6308

Mike Ray

Mike is a partner at Matterhorn Legal. Prior to Matterhorn, he worked in the Private Equity and M&A group of Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York and subsequently in the M&A group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Mike has advised a variety of public and private clients in complex domestic and cross-border transactions including financings, mergers, tender offers, asset sales, stock purchases, spin-off transactions and wind downs. He has also represented clients in a range of industries, including financial services, technology, medical devices, hospitals, telecom and heavy machinery.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude. Mike then earned his Juris Doctor degree from New York University. Mike enjoys photography and playing the guitar.

Mike is admitted to practice in California and New York. 

email: Mike Ray // phone: (650) 722-0755