THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ATTORNEY FOR GROWTH-ORIENTED COMPANIES

Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA

Attorney and Entrepreneur

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, employment matters, technology licensing, tax planning, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate matters.

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.

Michael is the co-founder of Be Investable, an organization dedicated to developing leaders of emerging companies, start-ups or small businesses with the necessary insights and principles to Be Investable. Through the training, programs and events, the Be Investable team provides the tools to drive enterprise value by creating focused outcomes, building successful teams, developing strategies to raise 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. 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 served 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 MediaThe Simple Secrets of CrowdfundingThe Simple Secrets of Intellectual Property and The Simple Secrets of Entrepreneurship. He has published numerous articles in the The Huffington PostCrain’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, also called Be Investable, on Apple iTunes, where engages entrepreneurs and business leaders in discussions about behaviors that translate into business success.

BOOKS & TALKS


Speaker & Author

Michael is available to share his knowledge and expertise. Michael has experience speaking before business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Topics include:

  • Enterprise Value
  • Be Investable
  • Legal for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Michael's speaking experience includes:

  • 1871
  • Arizona State University Law School
  • Atomic Object Detroit
  • Birmingham Community House
  • Chinese Delegation to the United States
  • Deskhub Atlanta
  • Deskhub Scottsdale
  • Detroit Garment Group
  • Detroit Start Up Week
  • Fifth Third Bank, Chicago
  • Fifth Third Bank, Pittsburgh
  • Fifth Third Bank, St. Louis
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week - Detroit
  • Grand Circus
  • Huntington Bank
  • Institute of Continuing Learning (ICLE)
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland County
  • Pitch Club Michigan
  • Sales Summit
  • Southfield Chamber of Commerce
  • StartGarden
  • StartUp Summit
  • State Bar Annual Meeting Panel
  • State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting
  • State of Michigan
  • TechWeek
  • The MoneyShow, Chicago
  • The MoneyShow, San Francisco
  • University of Michigan
  • Walsh College
  • Wayne State
  • & numerous webinars and meet ups
The Simple Secrets of Becoming an Entrepreneur
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
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
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
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
The Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
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
The Simple Secrets of Becoming an Intellectual Property
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
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
The Simple Secrets of Fundraising
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
Coming soon Preorder
The Simple Secrets of Becoming an Entrepreneur
By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA
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The Simple Secrets of Becoming an Entrepreneur

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

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. Buy Now.

The Simple Secrets of Social Media

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

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.

The Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

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.

The Simple Secrets of Becoming an Intellectual Property

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

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.

COMING Q2 2022: The Simple Secrets of Fundraising

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

Coming Soon.

COMING Q4 2021: Be Investable

By Michael S. Melfi JD/MBA

Coming Soon.

IN THE PRESS


TESTIMONIALS


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.

Wendy Timmons

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%

Nick Skislak

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.

Martin Shepard

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!!

Gina Martocci

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

Damian Rocchi

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.

Rick Middlemass

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! 

Jessica Harold

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.

Christopher Merkle

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.

Mohammad Hamid

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.

Mike & Dave Gutow

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.

John Chidiac

Michael’s experience and knowledge has greatly helped our students in understanding issues that relate to entrepreneurs.

Tim Davis

 

LET MICHAEL KNOW HOW HE CAN HELP YOU.