Executive-in-Residence for Entrepreneurship and Negotiation

William A. Grimm, J.D., M.B.A.

“I was pleased to join the full-time faculty at Rollins College in September 2009 after serving as an adjunct instructor for entrepreneurial finance, negotiation and entrepreneurship. I had first-hand knowledge, gained over five years, of the quality of the faculty and students admitted to the Crummer Graduate School of Business. Because I had worked closely with many successful entrepreneurs as a lawyer for more than 35 years, I knew I could bring a real-world perspective to the school through my direct experience, and by bringing many successful entrepreneurs into my classes as speakers.”

William A. Grimm is an Executive-in-Residence for Entrepreneurship and Negotiation at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, where he brings many years of experience with venture capital, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and negotiation into the classroom. Prior to joining the full-time faculty, he served as the chair of the advisory board for the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship for six years.

Before serving 35 years as an attorney, he was the chief financial officer of a publicly held company and later was a vice president of corporate finance for an investment banking firm. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Grimm’s law practice focused on technology companies and the unique problems they face. He has worked with many high technology companies in Central Florida, including several publicly held companies, and has handled numerous mergers, acquisitions and venture capital transactions. Additionally, he has been instrumental in helping companies go public and has been a member of the boards of directors of several high technology companies.

Mr. Grimm is vice chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. He has been named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite and recognized in the Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers publications. He has published articles in a variety of journals, and is a well-known speaker in Central Florida at seminars on venture capital financing and initial public offerings. He is the author of What Entrepreneurs Need to Know; Avoiding Big Mistakes That Can Prevent Success.


  • Venture Capital
  • Negotiation for Entrepreneurs
  • Strategy and Negotiation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance


  • JD, Stetson University, College of Law
  • MBA, University of Florida
  • BSME, Pennsylvania State University


  • Office Phone: 407-628-6345
  • E-mail: wgrimm@rollins.edu
  • Office Location: Bush Executive Center, Rm. 310
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