Michael Tischman was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from Harvard Law School and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University.
Tischman served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Lee, Virginia, and a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve from 1960 to 1967.
After graduating from law school in 1963, Tischman served a judicial clerkship with Judge Walter J. Freund of the New Jersey Appellate Division, following which he joined a small Newark-based law firm, which in 1971, became Sills Beck Cummis Radin & Tischman. His legal practice at the Firm encompassed diverse transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, complex shareholder agreements and other contracts, and private placements of real estate and business offerings and investments. He was also active representing the health care industry.
Tischman was panel chair for a New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee, a member of the Seton Hall Law School Health Law & Policy Program Advisory Board, a member of the State Bar Committee on Revisions to the New Jersey Uniform Limited Partnership Act and a trustee of the Morris Museum.
Hallmarks were his dedication to fairness and balance in all things, his patience in negotiations, and precision in words and language in his drafting of agreements.