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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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Practice areas


  1. Media: 45%
  2. Intellectual Property: 35%
  3. Entertainment: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Melfi & Associates PC

1700 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI, 48009-6313


MIActive And In Good Standing200205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award NomineeMarch of Dimes, Miami2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and Managing PartnerMelfi & Associates, PC2002 - Present
Vice President Corporate Operations/COO/ Interim General Counsel944 Media, LLC2009 - 2010
Founder/CEOSix Degrees Magazine2004 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Detroit Athletic ClubJunior Member2005 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Detroit Opera House, Bravo BravoHost Committee Member2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Patent Infringement DefenseMatter settled prior to trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Paperback BookThe Simple Secrets of Crowdfunding2013
Paperback BookThe Simple Secrets of Social Media2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State UniversityFinanceMBA - Masters of Business Administration2003
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Michigan Law SchoolSports Management and CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arizona State UniversitySocial Media2013
The Money Show 2012Crowdfunding and Social Media2012