Tifani Sadek is a clinical assistant professor of law and co-director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She also directs the Law and Mobility Program at Michigan Law and is the editor-in-chief of its Journal of Law and Mobility. Before entering academia, Sadek’s legal career traversed many sectors and primarily centered on the intersection of law and business.
In addition to her roles at Michigan Law, Sadek serves on the leadership team of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s test facility for connected and automated vehicles. In her role as chair of the legal working group, she leads attorneys and researchers from industry, government, and academia to foster a wide range of research on law and policy as they relate to this burgeoning technology.
Immediately before joining the Law School faculty, Sadek 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. While at General Motors, she also supported connected vehicle operations and negotiated transactions related to data sharing.
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 focused on serving 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.” Among other volunteer leadership positions, Sadek served as founding board chair of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit focused on food-based entrepreneurs, and executive advisory board member of Techweek Detroit.