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Terrence chairs the firm’s venture capital team. Terrence represents startups and emerging growth companies at all stages of development, and the investors that fund them. His practice includes corporate and securities law matters, entity formation, corporate governance, software licensing, venture capital financings, strategic alliances, and exit transactions. Terrence advises clients across a broad range of industries, including software, digital health, SaaS, consumer products, energy, cyber-security, mobility, and other emerging technologies.

In addition to his career in the private sector, Terrence previously served as an AUSA in the Eastern District of Michigan, where he led a district-wide Financial Crimes Task Force to record performance. While at the DOJ, his multi-agency team enforced regulations covering money service businesses, including the Patriot Act and Bank Secrecy Act. Terrence started his career at Miller Canfield in the firm’s Corporate Group where his practice included mergers and acquisitions, private equity, start-ups, and technology ventures.

Terrence is a frequent speaker on leadership, venture capital, and entrepreneurship in the region.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

German venture capital fund investment in San Francisco, CA-based artificial intelligence company

East Coast-based direct-to-consumer company in follow-on venture capital financing

Ohio-based delivery company in $15M Series A venture capital financing

Represented Parabricks in its sale to NVIDIA

A Y Combinator B2C software company in $2M Series Seed venture capital financing

East Coast-based direct-to-consumer company in $4.6M Series Seed venture capital investment by leading coastal funds

New York-based digital health company in licensing agreement with top-10 pediatric hospital in the U.S.

New York-based digital health company in expansion into Europe in partnership with global biotech company

A cyber-security company in multiple venture capital financings

Texas-based B2B/B2C software company in venture capital financing

Michigan-based battery company in Series A venture capital financing

Michigan-based advanced battery separator company in follow-on venture capital financing

Michigan-based physical security and risk software company in multiple venture capital financings

A private equity controlled financial institution on the sale of $41B in mortgage servicing rights

Software company in $35M stock sale to a private equity firm

International automotive supplier in $70M stock sale to a private equity firm

International automotive supplier in $40M merger to a private equity subsidiary

Advanced battery manufacturer in follow-on venture capital financing

Buildings materials company in venture capital financing

Social networking company in venture capital financing

Online advertisement company in venture capital financing

Direct-to-consumer cosmetics company in venture capital financing

Internet of Medical Things company in multiple venture capital financings

SaaS company in venture capital financing

Venture capital fund in venture capital financing of AI company

Consumer social networking company in venture capital financing

Automotive supplier in asset and stock purchase valued at $560M

Automotive supplier in $150M asset purchase of structural products business with operations in six different countries

International corporation in $230M stock purchase of a pharmaceutical company

China-based automotive company in $450M asset purchase of power steering components company with operations in fourteen countries

International metalworking manufacturing company in $110M stock sale and $40M asset sale to a publicly traded corporation

Online electronics company in $20M stock sale

Multi-national logistics firm on asset purchase of a regional logistics firm.

Education

Law School

Wayne State University Law School, J.D.

Graduate School

University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, M.B.A., Corporate Finance and Strategy, magna cum laude

Undergraduate School

Eastern Michigan University, B.S., Political Science

Other Education

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Venture Capital Program,

Bar Membership

Terrence is licensed to practice in the following state:

Michigan

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

“Power List,” Lawyers of Color (2020)

Wolverine Bar Association, Member of the Year, Shining Star and Pipeline Awards 

Eastern Michigan University, Young Alumnus Award 

Ford Community Service Award, Recipient 

Michigan Chronicle’s “40 under 40” Award

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association 

Endeavor Global, Inc., Mentor

Michigan Strategic Fund, Board of Directors, 2018-2019 

National Bar Association 

University of Michigan – Ross School of Business Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund, Advisory Board

University of Notre Dame John Cardinal O’Hara Society 

Wolverine Bar Association, President 

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), board of directors (2018-2019)

University of Michigan’s Michigan Business Challenge, advisor

MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, advisor

IrishAngels, an angel network of Notre Dame alums, member