Michael S. Melfi represents emerging companies and established businesses in matters involving intellectual property protection, technology licensing, tax planning, funding, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate matters in a broad range of technology industries including software, big data, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, publishing, automotive, aerospace, transportation, retail, food and beverage, construction, and healthcare.
He has extensive experience mentoring, counseling, and securing funding for entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, and small businesses and their disruptive technology. Utilizing his IP PLUS™ model, Michael works with inventors to secure and protect their intellectual property and creates a roadmap to commercialization. He collaborates in an entrepreneurial manner on the assessment, strategic planning, business development, execution, and fundraising for the ideas and inventions journey to commercialization. To further support the entrepreneurial community, Michael founded Be Investable, an online curriculum for entrepreneurs that provides the tools to build a successful team, develop strategies for raising capital and produce results.
Prior to joining Bodman, Michael was the founder, 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 and a Board of Director for the Palace Sports and Entertainment's Networking Business League, which helps to enhance business relationships throughout the Palace Sports and Entertainment community. 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 meant 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 The Huffington Post, Crain’s Detroit Business, and StartUpNation.com. 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.
Michael hosts a weekly podcast called The Trep Talk on the Michigan Business Network, where he interviews entrepreneurs and business leaders and speaks about entrepreneurship and successful behaviors that translate to any business at any stage. He is a frequent speaker at seminars, conferences, and webinars. His recent work and speaking engagements can be viewed at his website, MichaelSMelfi.com.
Michael is available to share his knowledge and expertise. Michael has experience speaking before business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Topics include:
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Writing this book has been our favorite so far and we had the opportunity to use all the knowledge and wisdom we have gained from Billionaire mentors and Millionaires clients.
We have also been fortunate enough to work with many successful (and not so successful - remember 90% of businesses fail in the first 5 years) entrepreneurs and business people over the years. In these experiences, we have gained an inside look into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Not just the good ones but the truly great game changing kind.
The Simple Secrets of Social Media is the ultimate play book for using Social Media in business. In the book written by Michael Melfi, you will get a play by play on how to utilize Social Media strategies for your company. Buy Now
Crowdfunding is changing the way we do business. An opportunity is arising for small and big business people to participate in a multi-billion dollar emerging market. This book is for people who are curious about the industry, or for people who know it, love it, and want to learn more. Buy Now
Intellectual Property refers to the things you create with your mind – and make tangible. If you aren’t sure what Intellectual Property (IP) is or if you have it, The Simple Secrets of Intellectual Property was written for you; it contains the basic information you will need to know to identify your IP, and just as importantly, protect your IP. Buy Now
Michael is a great strategic thinker and people connecter. His ability to evaluate, synthesize, and correlate many perspectives make him an incredible partner and confidant. I always appreciate Michael's perspective and insight he brings to the table!
I've had the opportunity to work with Michael on several projects. Michael is always reaching further than others, with an entrepreneurial vision and tremendous energy. His integrity and character define his approach in business and legal practice.
Michael Melfi is reliable, professional, honest, and hard working. He has taking our idea to new heights. Michael has connected us with the right people and other businesses to help our product have the best outcome for success. Michael has personally given his advice and expressed his opinions. Michael also stays in contact and replies to all questions you have along the way. There is no better individual out there I could recommend other than Michael Mefli for all your entrepreneurship avenues both in protections and getting your idea from the napkin you drew it on to the real life product on the shelf. Highly recommend Michael Melfi.
Michael is an great lawyer and an amazing human being. He coached me for the Crains Detroit Homecoming pitch........which I won. He was patient, had really great suggestions and was completely respectful of the process. He listened, he mentored and encouraged me to be 100% myself....which I absolutely was. I can't thank him enough. His support has been endless!!
Michael is a rare lawyer. He has an advanced understanding of client needs. He really tries to understand his clients in a manner that adds value to their business. He doesn't simply bill hours, he aims to improve his clients' position. He is an innovator in business and legal thinking. He is a trustworthy and proven counselor and his passion for business is undeniable. He's the first person I call for counsel on new business ventures and often the first person to whom I refer clients looking for IP, startup, real property, and internet-specific counsel.
Michael is extremely entrepreneurial in his approach to the work that he does for our Broadway-bound musical. Michael operates with an extremely high level of integrity. He and his team have been very helpful to us as many of our team knew very little about trademark law before we began working with Michael and his team. I highly recommend Michael.
Michael is a sharp guy. I've worked with him in a variety of capacities and always find his counsel incredibly valuable. He understands the possibility of legal complications that could arise, especially in the context of digital law. During all of our projects, I have found Michael to be timely, diligent, and very detailed as he made sure that we made informed and risk-averse decisions.
Strong knowledge of the digital space and current trends, issues that impact our business. Professional, delivers on-time and has saved our firm thousands of dollars during our business relationship. Highly recommended.
Michael is dedicated to the development of Entrepreneurs and does a great job with understanding their needs and providing programs and solutions to assist in their growth and success.
Simply put, Michael gets it. He understands business and knows what it takes to make them grow. He's got integrity. If you are lucky to work with him, he will have your back, 100%
Michael is a human dynamo. He thinks big, leverages his understanding of the law and get’s things done! Michael brings significant thought leadership to our crowdfunding and entrepreneurial communities. Treps Nest is a super exciting and unique approach to developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviors.
I've known Michael for less than a year, however it feels like a lifetime. Michael is a consummate professional in several disciplines including law, entrepreneurship, small business and marketing. He is a joy to interact with and very inclusive. His significant client base and varied experiences provide a context for thoughtful discussion on just about any topic. He is well qualified to provide advice to growing businesses, investors and individuals who are seeking their edge. If you are considering working with Michael and would like a personal reference contact me directly.
I had the pleasure of meeting Michael in early 2015. I was immediately impressed with his drive and professionalism and sincere interest in bettering Detroit. Michael is a warm face and a kind spirit and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to crossing work paths with him again!
Michael is a true professional and pleasure to work with. He is detail oriented and passionate about everything and anything that he does. Michael excels at identifying challenges and opportunities and then creating and implementing strategies that produce results.
Michael's experience and knowledge has greatly helped our students in understanding issues that relate to entrepreneurs.
Michael is able to explain legal issues and funding tools to our entrepreneurial students so that they can apply those lessons to their own business ideas.
I enjoy having Michael come to my entrepreneurship course. His explanations help students be entrepreneurial instead of hearing about entrepreneurship.
Dedication, tenacity, attention to detail, and diligence are the qualities that you can expect when you work with Michael. His guidance has been invaluable as I have embarked on my entrepreneurial journey and I can always count on him to give me 110% in all I ask of him. His gentility coupled with an inimitable warrior attitude allow for great aptitude and diplomacy when he is negotiating and dealing with all my legal startup woes. A great lawyer and mentor!!
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