Doubling up: Dual JD/MBA student touts the value of legal marketing

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By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

After graduating from Marygrove College with a degree in business and marketing, Joseph Zannetti worked as a procurement agent for DTE Energy—a job that inspired him to go a step further and study law.   

The DTE job included leading contract bids, purchasing, and company relations for corporate departments, and assisting senior buyers on purchasing for departments.

“After working for DTE, I realized there’s so much out there I didn’t know, especially in regards to the law,” says Zannetti—who as a result of this work experience, enrolled in the dual JD/MBA program at Wayne State University, and is now in his 2L year.   

“I’d ideally like to stay on the business route as that’s my passion,” he says. “I believe the MBA will help further this passion and allow me to work for a prominent business law firm or corporation.”   

Vice president of the Federalist Society, Zannetti will spearhead the organization as president in his 3L year. The society brings speakers to debate, lecture, or have open conversation on legal and public interest “hot” topics; a recent speaker talked about freedom of religion, and future topics include legalization of marijuana, freedom of speech, and Second Amendment rights.

The Society holds a law student symposium every summer, and one law student from every law school is chosen to attend. This past summer Zannetti attended a cocktail party at the Supreme Court and met Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

As vice president of External Affairs for the Entrepreneurship and Business Law Society, Zannetti organizes networking opportunities and speaking events.

“This year we’re planning to have the business portion of the Michigan bar come to Wayne Law and have a panel discussion,” he says.

He is further steeped in business law by participating in the Transactional Law Competition, sponsored by Jaffe. On November 9, his team won the competition, going 4-0 during negotiations and winning the best buyer's contract, and will move ahead to the Midwestern regional competition.

Zannetti also participates in the Oakland County Bar Association American Inns of Court Program, where his team’s topic this year is on Global Clients.

A recently completed externship for GKN Driveline in Auburn Hills provided the opportunity to network and work in the field of law Zannetti intends to practice in. He reviews and analyzes contracts, POs, change orders, and terms and conditions to solve problems arising throughout the contracting process. 

“I also research and write memoranda for corporate legal advice relating to internal and external issues, compile research and conduct PowerPoint presentations to educate business units on legal topics, and draft waiver and consent agreements,” he says.

Currently working at Ottenwess, Taweel, and Schenk in Detroit, supporting the Business Litigation and Medical Malpractice areas, Zannetti appreciates Wayne Law’s connection to the state of Michigan and to the City of Detroit. 

“I want to stay in Michigan after graduation and I love this city,” he says. “I’ve lived in Detroit and did my undergrad here. Wayne Law is a go-to school for employers and the connections you gain are unbelievable.   

“Wayne Law gives back to the surrounding community in so many ways—it makes me proud to attend school there.”

A native of Warren, where he still makes his home, Zannetti’s hobbies include travel, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating (watersports), and snowmobiling; and he has given back to the community by volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank in Warren and Detroit, The Greening of Detroit, and Crossroads for Youth. He also enjoys hunting waterfowl, pheasant, partridge, turkey, and white tail.

“I recently stumbled across an organization called Michigan Hunters Against Hunger and I’ve reached out to the president in an effort to get involved with this organization,” he says. “I’m also an active member in Ducks Unlimited, the leading nonprofit organization in wetland protection and conservation.”

A varsity basketball player in undergrad, Zannetti continues to shoot hoops in a men’s basketball league.

“Basketball was an important part of my life and in college it helped transform me into the person I am today,” he says. “College basketball is a full time job and it allowed me to work on time management skills and excel with a 3.9 undergrad GPA.”

 
 

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