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.
$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.
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
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
Creative Many Michigan: Board member; Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) program, volunteer lawyer and founding advisor member
News & Publications
- Autonomous Vehicle Liability Issues: Bower Speaks with Paul W. Smith at SAE World Congress ExperienceApril 25, 2017
- September 27, 2016
- June 30, 2016
- April 11, 2016
- November 11, 2015
- October 22, 2015
- October 7, 2015
- July 21, 2015
- March 10, 2015
- January 5, 2015
- July 7, 2014
- May 15, 2014
- September 6, 2013
- January 23, 2013
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
- Startup Blog Post, September 6, 2018
- Startup Blog Post, July 28, 2017
- Startup Blog Post, January 12, 2016
- Startup Blog Post, September 23, 2015
- Startup Blog Post, February 10, 2015
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
- New York
- All Michigan state courts