Professor David Willbrand has a passion for spreading his combined knowledge of law and the start-up environment with others. He teaches at many institutions, including the University of Michigan Law School and University of Cincinnati College of Law. His courses include Mergers and Acquisitions and Startups, Venture Capital, and Private Equity.
In his personal work, Professor Willbrand is the chairperson of Thompson Hine's Early Stage and Emerging Company Practice. He is primarily interested in tech and biotech, specifically in the fields of working with entrepreneurs and emerging companies, accelerators and incubators, early-stage investors and venture capital funds, and research institutions, and corporate innovation teams. Before joining Thompson Hine, Professor Willbrand worked in the software industry, holding the dual role of CFO and general counsel at a series of venture-backed companies. Prior to that, he practiced law in Boulder, Colorado, where he was able to combine a broad and deep legal knowledge with real-world business and transactional experience.
Professor Willbrand graduated from Harvard University (BA) in 1992 and the University of Cincinnati College of Law (JD) in 1996, where he was valedictorian and editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He continues his outside work lecturing at the nationally ranked Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship, where he also is an entrepreneur-in-residence, as well as serving as chairperson of the advisory board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University.
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