At Thompson Hine, Professor Willbrand is the Chairperson of the firm’s Early Stage & Emerging Company Practice and primarily works with tech and biotech including; 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, Professor Willbrand worked in the software industry, holding the dual role of CFO and General Counsel at a series of venture-backed companies. Prior to that, he practiced law in Boulder, Colorado.
Graduating from Harvard University (BA) in 1992 and the University of Cincinnati College of Law (JD) in 1996, Professor Willbrand was Valedictorian and the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He is also a lecturer at the nationally-ranked Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship, where he serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Currently, Professor Willbrand teaches “Mergers & Acquisitions” at the University of Michigan Law School, and “Startups and Venture Capital” at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and Syracuse College of Law.