Professor Fermin Miguel Mendez is a clinical teaching fellow in the University of Michigan Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Mendez served as an attorney for Varnum LLP and Clark Hill PLC, where he counseled clients on a variety of matters including general corporate law, formation and entity selection, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Mendez regularly provided companies and entrepreneurs advice on employee onboarding, intellectual property strategy, intellectual property licensing and commercialization, the sale of securities, and various other business considerations. While at Varnum LLP, he functioned as both service provider and brand ambassador for the firm's startup/economic development initiative.
As an active community member, Professor Mendez continues to mentor multiple cohorts at local southeast Michigan accelerators and programs. Additionally, he serves as a board member and head coach for Beat the Streets Detroit Inc., an organization aiming to improve long-term outcomes for at-risk Detroit youth via the sport of wrestling.
Professor Mendez earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015, where he was an articles editor of the
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic for three semesters. He also earned his AB in the comparative study of religion from Harvard University in 2011.
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