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Michael S. Melfi

Communications and media Attorney at Troy, MI

4.8   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2002
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Communications and media
    - Social Media Policy - Digital Asset Trust - Digital Defamation - Crowdfunding - Regulation D Private Placements

  2. Intellectual property
    - Trademarks - Trade Secrets - Patent Referral

  3. Entertainment
    - Contract Negotiation - Digital PR/ Brand Management

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

- Anti-Discrimination

- 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."

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Melfi & Associates PC
1700 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI, 48009-6313


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Posted by Chris | March 16, 2015
Protected my best interests
Gave great advice and helped me evaluate multiple business partnership contracts. Always had my best interest in mind and made sure to inform me of all the options I had, as well as how each scenario may play out. Knowledgeable about the type of agreements we were reviewing and made sure to suggest multiple additions/revisions to help protect me. My go-to guy.
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Posted by A. Marie | February 26, 2015
Author Endorsement
I am an author of novels and needed someone who would understand the copyright process and how to protect my original work. I was impressed by his honesty. He was very frank about what he could do and delivered as promised. It was a big relief to me to not have to worry about my works.
Posted by Vicken | July 22, 2013
Experienced & Trustworthy, A Valuable Asset to My Company
Michael has helped (and continues to help) protect my company's products, image & brand. With a strong understanding of intellectual property, especially in today's digital world, I can relax knowing my company and products are in good hands. He's extremely professional, trustworthy and polite and always delivers as scheduled -- truly a diamond in the rough. Very highly recommended.
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Posted by CHRIS | July 17, 2013
Knowledgeable of Digital Industry, Always on-time
Strong knowledge of the digital space and current trends, issues that impact our business. Professional, delivers on-time and has saved our firm thousands of dollars during our business relationship. Highly recommended.
Posted by Wendy | July 20, 2013
Great work on our copyright application!
Michael is great at what he does. The breadth and depth of his knowledge was invaluable to us as we worked to obtain copyright application for portions of our Broadway-bound musical, Chix 6, and our larger brand. Michael is an excellent communicator He goes above and beyond for his clients and is very entrepreneurial. It was a pleasure working with him and his team
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Work Experience

  • Founder and Managing Partner
  • Melfi & Associates, PC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Vice President Corporate Operations/COO/ Interim General Counsel
  • 944 Media, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Founder/CEO
  • Six Degrees Magazine
  • 2004 - 2009


  • Wayne State University
  • MBA - Masters of Business Administration
  • 2003
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Patent Infringement Defense
  • Matter settled prior to trial


  • Oakland Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Detroit Athletic Club
  • Junior Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Detroit Opera House, Bravo Bravo
  • Host Committee Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award Nominee
  • March of Dimes, Miami
  • 2008


  • Paperback Book
  • The Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona State University
  • Social Media
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Smart. Trustworthy. Compassionate. Passionate."
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Troy Communications and media Lawyer Michael S. Melfi
Michael S. Melfi
Communications and media Attorney
Troy, MI
Licensed for 21 years