Dana A. Thompson is a clinical professor of law and the founding director and a co-professor of the University of Michigan Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic, where she represents University of Michigan student-led ventures. Prior to the Entrepreneurship Clinic, she taught in the Urban Communities Clinic, where she represented small businesses, startup ventures, and community-based organizations. Prior to joining Michigan Law, Prof. Thompson founded and taught Wayne State University Law School's Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic. At Wayne Law, she was also the director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African-American Legal History. She represents clients in corporate, nonprofit, and startup company matters. She is a contributing author to Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers, published by the ABA's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She is also the author of the article, "L3Cs: An Innovative Choice for Urban Entrepreneurship and Urban Revitalization," published in the American University Business Law Review (Winter 2013, Vol. 2.1). Her article, "Accelerating the Growth of the Next Generation of Innovators," was published in the fall 2013 edition of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal.
Prior to entering academia, Prof. Thompson practiced at Morrison and Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, then at Miller, Starr and Regalia, where she specialized in commercial real estate and corporate law. She then joined the Nature Conservancy as regional counsel, where she represented the organization on land conservation transactions.
Prof. Thompson is the chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and is a past co-chair of the Legal Educator's Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She also is the co-chair of the Association of American Law School's Clinical Law Section's Awards Committee and sits on the board of directors of Michigan Community Resources. She also served on former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's emerging Small Business Leaders and Entrepreneurial Council.
Prof. Thompson received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her AB from Bryn Mawr College.