Faculty

Prof. Bryce Pilz

Bryce C. Pilz, BA '97, JD '01, is a clinical assistant professor in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. He represents tech startups concerning intellectual property, incorporation, and financing matters. Prior to joining the Law School, Prof. Pilz practiced at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the firm's intellectual property practice and clerked for Judge Amy J. St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois. Most recently, he served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Michigan, where he worked with the Office of Technology Transfer on startups and licensing. Prof. Pilz was part of a team that spun-out more than 60 tech startups and entered into more than 500 technology licenses over a five-year period. Prof. Pilz also assisted in the creation of the University's Venture Accelerator at the North Campus Research Complex and advised the Center for Entrepreneurship on student entrepreneurship matters. Prof. Pilz also has served as a National Science Foundation I-Corps mentor and teaches in the University's Master of Entrepreneurship program. More


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


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