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Business Law Attorney

Matt is a partner on the Business and Corporate Services Practice Team, and participates on both the Startup and Emerging Companies and Intellectual Property Practice Teams. His practice focuses on corporate formation and organization, venture financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, and intellectual property protection and transactions. He works closely with startups, second stage and private companies on day-to-day issues and all manner of corporate and intellectual property transactions.

Matt's particular industry concentrations include software (including "software as a service"  [SaaS], mobile, enterprise software, and software development), information and communication technology, and "Internet of things" (IoT) across a wide variety of businesses and applications. He is also a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate transactions, as well as copyright, trademark, Internet, software and other areas of intellectual property law.

Experience

Experience

$1 million Series Seed financing for Ann Arbor-based Y Combinator company.

$15 million Series B financing for Nevada-based Tech Stars IoT company.

$1.6 million Series A financing, $2 million venture debt transaction, and $1.5 million convertible bridge financing for Ann Arbor-based payment processing company.

$2.5 million convertible debt financing and $2 million equity financing for Detroit-based customer relationship management (CRM) company.

Six-figure licensing transactions for California-based insurance risk management software company.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Detroit Techweek 100, 2014, 2015 (Detroit area leaders significantly impacting business and technology)

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star since 2012

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2009

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

New York State Bar Association: Entertainment Section; Intellectual Property Section

State Bar of Michigan: Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) Section, past chair; Business Section; Intellectual Property Section

Community Involvement

Creative Many Michigan: Board member; Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) program, volunteer lawyer and founding advisor member

News & Publications

Presentations

Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), "Doing Business Online," program section and publication YouTube and Beyond: The Law of Online Content Sharing, presented June 5, 2007

ICLE, "Movie Making in Michigan: A Lawyer's Guide," program section and publication Serving as General Counsel for a Film Project, presented on June 3, 2010

ICLE, 4th Annual Information Technology Law Seminar, program and publication Representing the Web-based Business, presented on September 21, 2011

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
New York, New York
J.D., cum laude, 2002

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.F.A., Theatre, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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