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Should I Go to Law School?

{Time to Read: 3 minutes} Don’t do it unless you think you’ll enjoy it, and then don’t do it unless you can afford it. “Should I go to law school?” is a common question. When occasionally asked my opinion, I have a standard answer: “Not unless you’ve worked in a law office.” I don’t care […]

Negotiations Commence upon Signing of the Contract

An agreement depends more than anything upon the honor of the parties. The title of this article expresses how some people approach contracts: It’s more important to tie up the other party entering the agreement than it is to worry about whether, in fact, I have to honor the terms – because once I have […]

What’s Wrong with a Special Interest Campaign?

The New York Times recently published an article about claims of wage theft. The article concluded with two quotes from employer representatives: “This is a classic special interest campaign by the labor unions.” “These are opportunist, opportunistic lawsuits.” To which I say,“So what?” So what if these individuals are protesting and forming special interest campaigns? […]

When Do the Rules Allow You to Think Outside the Box?

You want a lawyer who can figure out when the rules allow you to think outside the box. There’s a public radio show called Radiolab. They did a feature on a game show in England called “Golden Balls,” which had an episode that was put on YouTube and went viral. The long-running show is an […]

The It’s-Who-Signs Problem

A contract is a script for a relationship that exists over time and requires performance by both parties. A strong contract will aim to protect you and clarify, for both parties: What their responsibilities are; What constitutes a breach; and How disagreements are to be solved.

Explain It To Me Like You’re Einstein

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

– Albert Einstein

I think that is absolutely true, and I don’t think it can be overstated. If the client can’t explain the problem, then they don’t understand it.