Professor Daniel B. Ravicher directs the Startup Practicum at the University of Miami School of Law that connects students with new ventures in need of legal assistance. Students in the Startup Practicum help clients with organizing, financing, talent, intellectual property, risk, regulation and other legal issues that arise for entrepreneurs as they launch their new businesses and organizations. Professor Ravicher also teaches the Startup Law & Entrepreneurship and Patent Law courses.
Professor Ravicher began his legal career advising entrepreneurs during the late '90s dotcom boom. He practiced in the New York office of a preeminent Silicon Valley firm specializing in startup representation where he assisted with financing, exit and technology transactions. Professor Ravicher has represented entrepreneurs in a variety of technology related legal matters and also advised investors in equity and debt transactions with startups.
A registered patent attorney, Professor Ravicher has prosecuted, licensed and litigated patents and other intellectual property, including software copyrights. He has also advised investors in technology companies regarding legal issues impacting company valuation.
Professor Ravicher has also been an entrepreneur himself. He formed a not-for-profit legal services organization that won the landmark 2013 Supreme Court case ruling human genes may not be patented. His organization also successfully challenged patents on critical medicines for AIDS and other diseases, human stem cells, Internet standards, and many other technologies.
Named one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by the Echoing Green Foundation, Professor Ravicher received support for his organization from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation, amongst others. Professor Ravicher has also formed several other businesses, by himself and with partners, in various sectors.
Professor Ravicher was twice named one of 'The 50 Most Influential People in IP' by Managing Intellectual Property. He also appeared as a guest on the PBS NewsHour. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and countless other publications and presented at dozens of conferences and public events on issues relating to technology law, including being an invited witness by Congress twice on the topic of innovation law and policy.
Professor Ravicher received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the Franklin O'Blechman Scholar of his class, a Mortimer Caplin Public Service Award recipient and an Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, and his bachelor’s degree in materials science magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Florida.
Mr. Ravicher is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Federal, 2nd and 11th Circuits, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the States of New York and Florida, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.