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M. Daya Bean


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I am an associate in the firm’s New Ventures practice group. My experience includes counseling startup founders, entrepreneurs and small business owners on issues from formation to day-to-day governance and venture capital financing. I have represented and advised clients across a wide variety of industries, including fashion and beauty, art and music, technology, cannabis and health care. I enjoy working with all types of startups and small businesses, but my passion lies in working with women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) founders and entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, I was a corporate associate at a reputable mid-sized Manhattan law firm, where I represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, federal and state securities filings, and compliance and corporate governance matters.

Baltimore born and raised, I am a die-hard O’s fan and can quote randomly from HBO’s series “The Wire.” When I am not practicing law or interacting with BIPOC creatives, founders and entrepreneurs, I enjoy going to art museums, kayaking, hiking with friends, and taking and developing photos from my film camera. I would be remiss in not mentioning that I am a proud (and sometimes annoying) alumna of Howard University (HU ’10) in Washington, D.C.

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2017, cum laude; University of Baltimore Law Forum, managing editor
  • University of Baltimore, M.S., 2014
  • Howard University, B.A., 2010
Admissions & Experience


  • “The Color Disparity: Venture Capital’s Problem with Black Founders,” ABA Preferred Returns Newsletter, Fall 2020
Professional & Civic
  • Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, corresponding secretary, 2018 – 2019
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association