Michael Vaughn

Mayor & City Council
Title: Mayor
Phone: 949-635-1800, ext. 6310

Professional Experience

Mike Vaughn is an attorney and has been practicing law in Orange County, California since 1987. As a business and corporate transactions attorney, he has supported some of Orange County’s leading companies in their corporate strategies, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and bank financing arrangements. Mike recently joined Enterprise Counsel Group in Irvine, California, to lead ECG's transactions practice.  
From 2008 to December 2013, Mike served as Vice President and General Counsel of Applied Medical, a manufacturer of medical devices and 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 shareholder of Stradling Yocca Carlson and 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

University of Freiburg 
Junior Year in Germany, 1981-1982

Community Involvement

Mike and Debbie Vaughn raised their family in Rancho Santa Margarita, having moved to RSM in 1987

City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita - Elected in November 2014
Served as Mayor Pro Tempore in 2017

Orange County Public Libraries, Library Advisory Board - Executive Committee Member

Planning Commission, Rancho Santa Margarita - Former Planning Commissioner (Chair, 2014)       

Team 2/5 RSM, Founder and President. Team 2/5 RSM is a nonprofit organization providing support to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines - RSM's Adopted Marine Battalion.

RSM Chamber of Commerce, Member

St. John's Episcopal School, Member of the School Committee


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