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David Willbrand

Thompson Hine
Venture Capital & Emerging Company Attorney

At Thompson Hine, I am the Chairperson of the firm's Early Stage & Emerging Company
Practice. I primarily work with tech and biotech:

Entrepreneurs and emerging companies,

Accelerators and incubators,

Early-stage investors and venture capital funds, and

Research institutions and corporate innovation teams.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, I worked in the software industry, holding the dual role of CFO
and General Counsel at a series of venture-backed companies. Prior to that, I practiced law in
Boulder, Colorado.

I combine broad and deep legal knowledge with real-world business and transactional
experience. I drive, facilitate and close deals.

I graduated from Harvard University (BA) in 1992 and the University of Cincinnati College of Law
(JD) in 1996, where I was Valedictorian and also the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

I teach “Mergers & Acquisitions” at the University of Michigan College of Law (Go Blue!).
I also teach “Startups, Venture Capital and Private Equity” at the University of Cincinnati College
of Law (Go Bearcats!). Prior to that, I taught “Agency & Partnership” at UC. I also serve on its
Board of Visitors.

I am a lecturer at the nationally-ranked Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship (Go
RedHawks!), where I am also serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the 2018-2019
academic year.

I am the Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Northern Kentucky University (Go Norse!).

Last but not least, I am very active on LinkedIn, posting frequently on matters of
entrepreneurship, technology, economics, culture, self-improvement and, on Fridays, music!