Jyotsna Balakrishnan

Jyotsna Balakrishnan is a partner in the Firm's Corporate, Franchise and Emerging Growth and Business practice groups. She is also Co-Chair of the Emerging and Growth Business Practice Group. She focuses her practice on general corporate matters and transactional work including mergers and acquisitions, private placements, corporate advisory and franchising. She has extensive experience advising clients on forging a variety of business transactions including acquisition and operation of franchises, joint ventures, distribution agreements and other complex commercial contracts. She also counsels entrepreneurs, start-up companies and mid-sized companies on all aspects of business formation, trademark protection, licensing, financing, and international legal issues. She is fluent in Tamil and Hindi and conversant in French.

Jyotsna earned her LL.M degree with a focus on corporate and securities laws from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a recipient of the J.N. Tata Endowment Scholarship. She graduated with honors from the National law School of India where she earned her B.A., LL.B. degree.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Delhi, India

Published Works

  • "What Do You Mean I Can't Renew?", The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 16, NO. 3 (Summer 2013), American Bar Association (co-author).
  • "Technology Corner: The Gap Trap and Twisted Pretzels (ensuring the Continuity of IP License Rights in the Context of Mergers and Acquisitions)", The Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. 33, Issue 2 (Summer 2013), State Bar of Michigan (co-author).
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley and Foreign Issuers: New Developments", Asialaw, Euromoney Publications (October, 2007).

Speaking Engagements

  • "Legal Dynamics of Automotive Purchase and Sale Contracts", presentation to the Executive Committee of the Automotive Component Manufacturers' Association of India (June 2008).
  • Panelist, "India: A Developing Market for U. S. Companies", seminar organized by the U.S. Commerce Department and the Michigan District Export Council, Automation Alley, Troy, Michigan (May 23, 2007).
  • "Using Industrial Designs for Business Success in the Handicraft Industries: Case Studies", National Seminar on Importance of IP for Handicrafts (June 2005), World Intellectual Property Organization.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan—Member, Business Law and International Law Sections
  • American Bar Association—Member