About Rolland Law

I love entrepreneurs because I am one too. When I graduated from law school, instead of going the traditional route and working for a law firm, I went straight to work in-house as a legal and business analyst with a green chemistry startup. I later became VP of Business Development and In-House Counsel. I got deep into the nitty gritty of building a young company – developing the technology, staying on budget, learning about and understanding our customers, evaluating market opportunities, and securing funding.  My legal work ran the gamut, from  IP strategy to employment issues, state and federal environmental regulatory compliance, equity compensation agreements, and a variety of commercial contracts.

I now work for Engelman Berger, P.C., a premier, full-service business law firm that advises companies of all sizes from formation to dissolution. I am a member of the firm’s civil litigation and commercial transactions practice groups, and in that role I am lucky enough to work with some of the top business attorneys in Arizona.

I was born and raised in Arizona and I know there is a hotbed of talent here, from techies to entrepreneurs to good old fashioned small business owners. There is a reason that startups are moving to Arizona to set up shop.  As an attorney, I love to keep my eye out for the next wave of innovation.  New technology means new opportunity, new challenges, and new legal hurdles.  Things can change fast, and businesses always need good attorneys to help them navigate uncertain waters.

This is my personal website, where I write about tech and business developments and their impact on the legal landscape.  I am particularly fascinated by developments in blockchain technology, and I write about that topic often. Check back every now and then, as I will frequently update my blog with new content.

About Michael Rolland

Michael Rolland is the former in-house counsel and VP of Business Development for GlyEco, Inc., a publicly traded green chemistry startup in Phoenix, AZ, and now practices with the law firm of Engelman Berger, P.C. in their civil litigation and commercial transactions practice groups. Michael represents Arizona businesses, with a special focus on technology-driven emerging growth companies.

Michael graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University with a Juris Doctor and a specialization in Law, Science and Technology.  He was a research assistant for Professor Gary Marchant, and a Senior Associate for the Innovation Advancement program

Michael has a genuine desire to promote the development of Arizona growth companies. He is a proud Arizona native, and is excited to help facilitate the emergence of a strong local startup ecosystem.