Former GM lead counsel joins Michigan Law's Entrepreneurship Clinic

By Lori Atherton
Michigan Law

Tifani Sadek has joined Michigan Law as a clinical assistant professor in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. She previously was an attorney at General Motors, where she served as lead counsel on the expansion of connected vehicles into South America, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. She also supported connected vehicle operations and negotiated transactions related to data sharing.

“More than a decade after graduating from law school, I can still recall how intimidating it is to begin actually practicing law,” Sadek said. “I look forward to helping my students build their skill sets so they can start their legal careers with the confidence that will allow them to flourish in this profession.”

Before entering academia, Sadek’s legal career primarily focused on the intersection of law and business. A native Texan, Sadek relocated to Southeast Michigan in 2012 and became active in Detroit. After six years of private practice in large law firms, she founded a Detroit-based boutique firm that served as outside general counsel to startups and small businesses. Her work in helping entrepreneurs earned her recognition by the Detroit Regional Chamber as one of Michigan’s “Emerging Leaders” and by Business Insider as “One of Fourteen People Changing the Face of Detroit.” An active volunteer, Sadek has served as the founding board chair of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit focused on food-based entrepreneurs, and as an executive advisory board member for Techweek Detroit.

Sadek earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. She earned her ALM from Harvard University and BS from Texas A&M University.

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