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Clinic Faculty

Prof. Dana Thompson

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. More

Gautam Hans

Gautam Hans is a clinical teaching fellow in the Entrepreneurship Clinic, with a focus on intellectual property and technology. He previously served as policy counsel and director, CDT-San Francisco at the Center for Democracy & Technology. In that capacity, he worked on a range of technology law and policy issues, including government access to consumer data; individual attitudes towards corporate information practices; and how startups address pressing law and policy matters. Hans joined CDT in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, based in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the consumer privacy team on technology regulation and enforcement; the intersection of privacy, speech, and surveillance; and international privacy legislation. A frequent speaker on technology issues relating to privacy, speech, and security, Hans has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, ​and has spoken at multiple symposia and conferences, including South by Southwest. His work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review First Impressions and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (in dissent). Hans earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and served as a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Michigan Clinical Law Program. He also earned his MS in information from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2012, where he received a Beth McWilliams Scholarship. More​​​​​​​

Prof. David Parsigian

David N. Parsigian is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he specializes in venture capital financing and representation of technology-based companies. He has extensive experience in advising technology businesses with respect to locating sources of capital and structuring financings ranging from seed capital to initial public offerings. His areas of focus include general corporate, finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and technology licensing. Prof. Parsigian is a lecturer on matters relating to private equity finance and venture capital at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Walsh College. He has also been a frequent presenter at meetings of the Association of University Technology Managers. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas, and a BSME (mechanical engineering), magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan. More​​​​​​​