Lunch and Learn
with Michael S. Melfi, JD, MBA and Joseph Morrison, JD

January 31, 2018
12:00-1:30 pm

Ferris Wheel, Third Floor
615 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502

As an entrepreneur, inventor or small business, identifying and dealing with your legal needs is an important part of the journey. Join Michael S. Melfi and Joseph Morrison as they discuss the legal issues impacting your emerging company including:

  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Funding 
  • Contracts

Attend 10 Key Legal Elements for Emerging Companies and learn how hundreds of attendees have taken their legal business acumen to the next level.

Michael S. Melfi

Michael S. Melfi helps emerging and established businesses overcome the legal and financial obstacles that often stand in the way of growth. His work with these companies focuses on financing and fundraising, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, tax planning, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate matters.

He has particular experience in a broad range of technology industries including software, big data, healthcare, manufacturing, publishing, automotive, and aerospace, as well as transportation, retail, food and beverage, and construction.

He has extensive experience mentoring, counseling, and securing funding for entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, and small businesses and their disruptive technology. Michael works with inventors to secure, protect and commercialize their intellectual property. He collaborates in an entrepreneurial manner on the assessment, strategic planning, business development, execution, and fundraising for the ideas and inventions’ journey to commercialization.

Before joining Bodman, Michael founded and served as chief operating officer and general counsel of a multimedia company where he pioneered experiential digital campaigns for Fortune 500 clients and worked with numerous national industry-leading products and brands to monetize and grow their web-based businesses.

He is active in many organizations that serve the entrepreneurial and general business communities. Michael is a member of the Small Business Association of Michigan. He mentors entrepreneurs at 1871, a technology accelerator and incubator based in Chicago that is the home of more than 400 early-stage digital startups. Michael also serves on the Board of Governors for the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology's Alumni Society and the President's Advisory Council (PAC) for The Community House in Birmingham, Michigan, a non-profit community center for professional, philanthropic, and recreational pursuits.

Michael is the author of a series of four books: The Simple Secrets of Social Media, The Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding, The Simple Secrets of Intellectual Property and The Simple Secrets of Entrepreneurship. He has published numerous articles in The Huffington Post, Crain’s Detroit Business, and In his role as a contributing writer for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), he has authored materials on social media, crowdfunding, and IP portfolio management.

To further support the entrepreneurial community, Michael founded Be Investable, an online curriculum that provides the tools to build successful teams, develop strategies to raise capital and produce results. Michael hosts a weekly podcast, also called Be Investable, on the Michigan Business Network, where engages entrepreneurs and business leaders in discussions about behaviors that translate into business success. He is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences, and webinars. His recent work and speaking engagements can be viewed at his website,

Joseph R. Morrison, Jr.

Joseph R. (Joe) Morrison, Jr., represents early and high-growth companies in an outside general counsel capacity. He focuses on technology-enabled emerging companies and the venture capital firms that invest in them. His business and technology background give him the ability to deftly advise ambitious entrepreneurs facing legal and business challenges.

Joe has experience in a wide range of legal matters, including company formation, financing, general operational concerns related to contracting, intellectual property matters, and employment issues. He represents a number of companies that have licensed technology from University Tech Transfer offices, raised equity or debt financing from venture capital firms, or grown organically to tens of millions in annual revenues.

Before joining Bodman, Joe worked for Accenture as an information technology consultant in Washington, D.C. He also served as corporate counsel and consulting manager for a Michigan-based IT consultancy, where he helped scale the company to 50+ employees and $3 million in revenue.

Joe is active in both the Ann Arbor and Detroit startup scenes and regularly attends the A2NewTech meetup. He frequently presents to student and local startup groups on legal issues facing young, high growth companies and he is a mentor in the UM Ross School of Business venture capital practicum.

Joe also serves on the board of directors of New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Business Law Advisory Board and New Lawyers Advisory Board, and he is active in the University of Michigan Law School’s Alumni-Student Mentoring Program.

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