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Michael Vaughn


Council Member


Professional Experience:

Mike Vaughn is an attorney and has been practicing law in California since 1987.  As a business and corporate transactional attorney, he has supported some of Orange County’s leading companies in their corporate growth, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and bank financing arrangements.  He recently established Vaughn Law, Inc. as a corporate law “boutique” firm, supporting small and medium-sized businesses in their business and corporate transactions and works with executives and business owners in their personal business matters.  From 2008 to December 2013, Mike served as Vice President and General Counsel of Applied Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices, which is Rancho Santa Margarita’s largest employer.  From 2000 to 2008, he served in the same role for Quest Software, Inc., then a publicly-traded software company.  Before “going in-house” Mike was a partner of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Newport Beach, California. 


University of Southern California

Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, California
Juris Doctor, 1987

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, 1983

 Albert Ludwigs Universitaet, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany  Junior Year in Germany, 1981-1982


City Council Member, Rancho Santa Margarita
Elected in November 2014

Planning Commissioner, Rancho Santa Margarita
Chairman in 2014, Vice Chairman in 2013

Founder, Team 2/5 RSM

Non-profit organization providing support to the Marines and Families of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines of Camp Pendleton, Rancho Santa Margarita’s adopted Marine Battalion

 The Bell Tower Foundation
City Council Representative, 2015

Community Representative, Liaison of Team 2/5 RSM, 2013-2014

Member of the Board of Directors, 2012

Member, RSM Chamber of Commerce

Community Associations of Rancho

Board Member and Planning Commission Representative

Volunteer and frequent participant in Rancho Santa Margarita community activities, including Relay for Life, RanchoFest, Patriot Day and Summer Concerts in the Park 

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