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New Must Read Blog by Rich Baer, General Counsel Qwest Communications

One of my absolutely favorite lawyers has started a blog: Reliance on Counsel.  It’s written by Rich Baer, currently the general counsel and chief administrative officer at Qwest Communications.  It’s going to be a must read for anyone wanting to see how one of the most innovative lawyers in the country thinks.  Rich has promised a…

Great Opportunity – General Counsel Position Open for Bay-Area Company

One of my friends and all around good guys, Cal Finch wanted me to get the word out about his company, CPP, hiring a new General Counsel.  Here’s the scoop: We are seeking a strategic, collaborative, customer-service oriented General Counsel who meets the following qualifications to join our exceptional team and company: The General Counsel…

So You Want to Go to Law School?

As if there wasn’t enough bad mojo for those considering going to law school, now this.  But I had to post.  It’s just so darn funny.

A Very Unique M&A Deal Terms Study

I read a lot of M&A deal term summaries.  While I really appreciate the knowledge gleaned from these reports, they all suffer from the same problems:  They are usually biased toward publically filed transactions and those particular deals serviced by the particular bank or law firm whom is author of the report. Today, Shareholder Representative…

The Convertible Debt Debate – An ex-Lawyer’s Twist on the Argument

Today, my partner Seth wrote a great piece on the merits of early-stage startups raising convertible debt rounds versus traditional preferred stock equity structures.  The piece was inspired by Paul Graham’s recent tweet that said:  “Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been…

Keep Things Simple

Today, I was called for jury duty.  Upon arrival, we sat for 30 minutes, then we watched a 12 minute video for juror orientation. The voiceover kept cracking me up, however, as they were unable to pronounce “voir dire” correctly.  (Think “vor dire” as in Dire Straits).  If you don’t believe me, watch the video….

Winery Peak – Review of 1st Novel by Chris Scott Graham

Dechert LLP litigation partner Chris Scott Graham recently released his first full-length novel.  It’s not easy as a partner to find time for hobbies, but Chris has evidently not only found the time, but found a real natural talent as well. The story surrounds Winery Peak, a fictitious winery in Napa that unfortunately finds several…

Bilski Redux and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You Read

The Bilski decision came down yesterday and I’m still in a state of complete denial.  Basically, the court punted on the difficult issues and while denying Bilski his patent, they didn’t do anything to help the horrible state of the patent ecosystem that we have today.  (For a great summary of the case, check out…

Interview With Rich Baer – GC and CAO of Qwest

Law.com has a great interview with Rich Baer, General Counsel and CAO at Qwest.  I find 99% of interviews worthless, but this is one of the few that allows the reader to actually understand the subject a bit. The premise of the interview is that Rich is moving on from Qwest after the announced merger…