Michael S. Melfi is an Internet and Intellectual Property attorney, specializing in Regulation D Private Placement Securities, and Digital Law. Michael has a dynamic background that allows him to provide insightful legal services, while creating business development strategies.
Over the last decade Michael founded and led a national multi-media company. This provided the opportunity for Michael to provide brand positioning and image consulting to professionals and celebrities. As COO & General Counsel Michael pioneered various experiential and digital marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. As a thought leader and innovator, Michael began utilizing the internet and various social media platforms to develop an online presence for his company in the top 1% of all websites globally. With the advent of mainstream crowdfunding, Michael has taken these experiences and become the first ever “Crowdfunding Attorney,” helping small and medium-size companies achieve their funding goals and business objectives. Using Charity, Reward and Equity-based Crowfunding, Michael has raised considerable funds for client projects in medical research, consumer products and technology. Through these experiences and involvement with the digital platform, Michael gained valuable insight into the legal and business ramifications of the internet and specifically social media.
Michael returned to private practice focusing on providing results oriented and financially responsible legal services for forward thinking clients who operate in a Web 2.0 world. His services include: Digital and Intellectual Property Law focusing on Crowdfunding, Startups, Entertainment, and other Lifestyle brands through Brand Imaging, Online Publicity, and other strategies for market messaging and business success.
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Creation and Implementation of Social Media Usage Policies for organizations and their Human Resources team
- Intellectual Property matters as they relate to Copyright issues
- Addressing Freedom of Speech issues for individual clients
- Employment Law as it relates to privacy issues
- Fair Labor Standards Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act
- Regulation D Private Placement Securities
Additionally, Michael participates in many panels, webinars and lectures on social media, intellectual property and crowdfunding. Michael has written three books on the subject: “The Simple Secrets of Social Media,” “The Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding,” and "The Simple Secrets of Intellectual Property."
Licensed since 2002
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2002||03/27/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Award Nominee||March of Dimes, Miami||2008|
|Vice President Corporate Operations/COO/ Interim General Counsel||944 Media, LLC||2009 - 2010|
|Founder/CEO||Six Degrees Magazine||2004 - 2009|
|Founder and Managing Partner||Melfi & Associates, PC||2002 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oakland Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Detroit Athletic Club||Junior Member||2005 - Present|
|Detroit Opera House, Bravo Bravo||Host Committee Member||2005 - 2008|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Wayne State University||Finance||MBA - Masters of Business Administration||2003|
|Michigan State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Michigan||Sports Management and Communications||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|