Summary

Terrence represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from tech startups getting their first round of funding to Fortune 500 companies in $500M+ transactions. He assists start-ups, emerging companies and venture capital funds through all stages of financings and exit transactions and leverages his experience as a co-founder and consultant to deliver value-adding legal solutions at the intersection of risk awareness (business, financial and legal), competitive advantage and growth. Terrence advises high-growth clients across various sectors, including fintech, adtech, insurtech, AI and mobility. 

Prior to joining Taft, Terrence served as a senior partner with Growth Strats, where he consulted clients on strategic partnerships, acquisitions and revenue modeling. Prior to that, he was an attorney at two of Detroit’s largest law firms. Terrence has advised a global CPG company on its land acquisition strategy, developed strategies for then Mayor-elect Mike Duggan to help the city of Detroit navigate economic development in a post-bankruptcy world, and co-founded and served as CEO of Networkingout, an angel backed tech startup.

Terrence also 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, Terrence’s multi-agency team enforced regulations covering money service businesses, including the Patriot Act and Bank Secrecy Act, regulations applicable to fintech companies. 

Civically, Terrence serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).  The MSF board oversees economic development for the state, with ongoing funding in excess of $1 billion per year. Terrence also serves as an advisor to companies at TechTown, Bamboo, gBeta Detroit (gener8tor), and through the New Enterprise Forum, Michigan Business Challenge and MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge. Terrence is a member of the IrishAngels, an investment network of Notre Dame alums, and a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, education and venture capital related matters in the region.

Terrence received his B.S. in political science, with a minor in business, from Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where his studies focused on transactional law. He also earned an M.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and a Certificate in Venture Capital from Wharton.

Awards

  • "Forty Under 40" - Michigan Chronicle

  • Eastern Michigan University Alumnus Award

  • Ford Community Service Award

  • Spirit of Detroit Award

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

All Service Areas

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
  • Wharton, Certificate in Venture Capital; Wharton, University of Pennsylvania (in progress)
  • Eastern Michigan University

Admissions

  • State - Michigan

Notable Matters

  • Representation of private equity controlled financial institution on the sale of $41B in mortgage servicing rights
  • Representation of software company in $35M stock sale to a private equity firm
  • Representation of international automotive supplier in $70M stock sale to a private equity firm
  • Representation of international automotive supplier in $40M merger to a private equity subsidiary
  • Representation of advanced battery manufacturer in follow-on venture capital financing
  • Representation of buildings materials company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of social networking company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of online advertisement company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of global cosmetics company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of IoMT company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of SaaS company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of fund in venture capital financing of AI company
  • Representation of fitness networking company in venture capital financing
  • Representation of automotive supplier in asset and stock purchase valued at $560M
  • Representation of automotive supplier in the $150M asset purchase of structural products business with operations in six different countries
  • Representation of international corporation in its $230M stock purchase of a pharmaceutical company
  • Representation of China-based automotive company in the $450M asset purchase of power steering components company with operations in fourteen countries
  • Representation of international metalworking manufacturing company in the $110M stock sale and $40M asset sale to a publicly traded corporation
  • Representation of online electronics company in $20M stock sale
  • Representation of multi-national logistics firm on asset purchase of a regional logistics firm

Professional Affiliations

  • IrishAngels

    Board Member

  • Michigan Venture Capital Association

    Member

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Wolverine Bar Association

    President-Elect

  • University of Notre Dame, John Cardinal O'Hara Society Member
  • Detroit Economic Club

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Michigan Strategic Fund

    Board Member

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Academic Honorary Fraternity Member
  • Eastern Michigan University African American Studies Department Chair, Advisory Committee
  • Detroit Driven Board Member
  • Healthy Detroit Board Member