Richard P. Manczak


Richard P. Manczak

Rick Manczak is Special Counsel to Sweetbaum Miller PC. He is a corporate and business law attorney with a comprehensive corporate transactional practice involving all areas of corporate, business and commercial law. His works includes business planning and startup, entity formation, corporate governance and finance, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contracts, transportation, logistics and product distribution, real estate and energy.


  • University of Denver College of Law
    Denver, Colorado
    J.D., 1983
    Order of St. Ives, National Legal Honorary, 1983
  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
    M.B.A., finance, 1980
    Beta Gamma Sigma, National Business Honorary, 1980
  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
    B.A., Social Science, 1969

Recent Representative Transactions:

  • Local counsel for $200 million sale of large environmental services company and related real estate;
  • Represented promoter in the formation of $300 million private equity fund in the technology, financial services, healthcare, energy and entertainment sectors;
  • Negotiation of letter of intent for private equity fund in the film production industry;
  • Representation of purchaser in five (5) separate asset acquisitions and two (2) stock acquisitions of companies in the recycling/waste management industry;
  • Representation of general partner in formation and fundraising of follow-on venture capital fund;
  • Representation of lead venture capital funds in Series A-1 financing round;
  • Representation of promoter in formation and fundraising for private equity commodity pool fund for $300 million fund investing in precious metals;
  • Representation of issuer in Rule 506 Regulation D private offering to accredited investors;
  • Representation of three (3) separate early-stage companies in convertible note financings;
  • Representation of start-up company in seed round financing and IP license agreement;
  • Representation of purchasers in six (6) separate commercial/industrial property acquisitions and financings;
  • Representation of founders in the formation and launch of numerous start-up companies;
  • Representation of developer in formation and financing of a joint-venture for the construction and operation of a hydroponic greenhouse;
  • Local representation of corporate borrower group in $82 million loan facility and amendments;
  • Representation of seller in sale of Colorado division of services company;
  • Representation of majority member in recapitalization of operating company and equipment finance restructuring;
  • Representation of purchaser in acquisition of Michigan assets of national commodity broker.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust, Corporation, Banking and Business, and Energy and Environmental Law Sections)
  • Michigan Bar Association (Member, Corporation, Finance and Business Law and Real Property Law Sections)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association

Community Involvement:

  • Great Lakes Literary Arts Council, Board Member and Secretary
  • MDEQ Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection ‒ Compost Waste Management Work Group, Member
  • Huron River Watershed Council, Member and Volunteer
  • Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Past Board Member, President, and Vice President
  • Project Grow, Past Board Member

Publications and Presentations:

  • “Green” Tax Incentives – A Guide to Federal and Michigan Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, Michigan Bar Journal, January 2011.
  • Ninth Annual Tenth Circuit Survey, June 1981 – May 1982, Securities, 60 Denver Law Journal 373 (1983).
  • Research and Technical Editor, Denver Law Journal, 1982 – 83.


  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating, AV® Preeminent™