Richard (Erik) M. Gordon is director of the ZEAL (Zell Entrepreneurship and Law) Program and a Professor from Practice. Prior to joining the Law School, he was on the faculty at U-M's Ross School of Business, where he continues as managing director of the Wolverine Venture Fund and as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies. He has sat on both sides of the table: as an attorney and as a businessperson. His background includes starting companies, venture capital, and advising early-stage and fast-growth companies, venture capital, and private equity firms and investors. His law practice included representing companies and investors in early-stage matters, strategic and financial acquisitions, IPOs, and corporate finance. His areas of interest include entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and the biomedical, IT, and digital marketing industries. He also previously served on the faculty and as associate dean and director of the Graduate Division of Business & Management (now Carey Business School) at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught in the business and medical schools, and at the University of Florida, where he also served as director of the Center for Technology & Science Commercialization Studies. He is frequently quoted in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and other outlets on entrepreneurship, venture finance, private equity and hedge funds, IPOs, the biomedical industry, and the IT and digital marketing industries. At U-M, he also serves on the advisory board of the Medical Innovation Center and the portfolio advisory committee of the North Campus Research Complex. His degrees are in economics and law.