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.

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.

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 and Shining Star Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School (2008)
  • Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame (2017)
  • Eastern Michigan University (2002)

Admissions

  • State - Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Venture Capital Association

    Member

  • American Bar Association Member
  • Wolverine Bar Association Member, Chair of Summer Clerkship Program
  • 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