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About Me

General Counsel to a growing Durham, North Carolina based SaaS company. I provide practical legal advice to further ReverbNation's business objectives, identify legal risks to the business, and serve as advisor and business partner to the Executive team as well as the Board of Directors.

I oversee, identify, and take action on all legal issues which affect ReverbNation. I manage day-to-day legal operations to provide legal management best practices, review, draft and negotiate a broad range of complex agreements and ensure compliance with contractual commitments. I implement and maintain corporate standards and procedures for records retention, retrieval and disposition of ReverbNation’s vital business records.

I also manage intellectual property issues (including patents, copyrights and trademarks) and I assist with negotiations to ensure the business interests and objectives of ReverbNation are clearly identified, adequately protected, and the risk of loss or liability is minimized. Finally, I manage any outside counsel that ReverbNation retains for specialized legal expertise.


Practice Areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 25%
    14 years, 40 cases
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    1 year
  3. Internet: 10%
  4. Entertainment: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

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    I have worked with Jean on a number of toxic tort cases in the last 3 years. He is a very astute and accomplished attorney.


    Kelvin Wyles Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info


115 N. Duke Street
Suite 2-A
Durham, NC, 27701



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
First Honors Award - Disability RightsLoyola Law School2001
Dean's ListLoyola Law School2000
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
General CounselReverbNation2014 - Present
Senior Commercial Counsel LEDs, RF & PowerCree, Inc.2013 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jean C. Michel2011 - 2013
Senior AssociateThomas Whitelaw & Tyler LLP2003 - 2011
AssociateJones, Bell, Abbott, Fleming & Fitzgerald L.L.P.2003 - 2003
AssociatePaul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP2000 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Eagle Scout AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. BombardierSettlement
Inland Empire Foods v. Zateca FoodsSettlement
Rockwell Automation, Inc. v. Various PlaintiffsFavorable Settlements During Trial
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawN/ALL.M. Law & Entrepreneurship2014
Loyola Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - IrvineSocial SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1996