6039 Bullard Drive
Oakland CA 94611
To be where business meets law is the most interesting practice, to me. It requires the maximum creativity, to move forward with the law that enables business, and to work within the limits of the law that sets the boundaries. Business law touches on every other area of law, and affects nearly every arena of human activity. From strategy, tactics, to the details, it is all fascination.
I was trained in the craftsmanship of business law practice at two of the best law firms in America: the Cravath firm (NYC) and the Cooley firm (SF). I worked directly for a brilliant lawyer each time, senior partners and true masters of the craft. An excellent foundation, but one step removed from the reality and practicality of making business happen. As General Counsel to two major corporations, my good fortune continued as I reported directly to a brilliant businessman at each, one from Harvard Business School and one from Stanford. After we took the second company public, I shifted to a home practice providing the same level of excellence and practicality to the legal needs of regular people, entrepreneurs and established small business operators, and added a trusts and estates practice. Forty-four years of exposure to nearly every business problem, and in-depth experience in many business law fields, make me a resource of both wisdom and hands-on solutions normally unavailable to users of Nolo.com or Craigslist. All of the above has been overlaid on an excellent academic education (home schooled on a ranch, boarding school at Andover, Massachusetts, college at Harvard and law at Berkeley) and a corresponding collage of witness to a very broad spectrum of human behavior. I loved learning and still do, both in my profession and in the extracurricular fields of science and the human experience that is beyond, or transcends, scientific knowledge.
Strongly in favor.
Yes. I often do this, if the Client has the better chance of getting the best result by being in front with letters and discussions. No litigation, pleadings or Court papers, however. But I definitely coach people through settlement negotiation including documentation. The Nolo Press Magazine wrote an article about me in 1997 for being the cutting edge in non-litigation legal coaching.
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