The most expensive legal documents

The most expensive legal documents are the ones you never knew you needed until it was too late. For one example, filing a timely 83(b) election can be the difference between paying no taxes on an appreciating ownership interest in a startup and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time when you don’t … Read More

Monday Links

1. Has Kickstarter peaked? 2. Big law firms are consciously overbilling their clients? Noooooooooo… I refuse to believe it. 3. Fascinating case about who owns your online persona. A company tried to purchase someone’s LinkedIn account, and then blocked her out of it after she left the company. This turned out to be a bad … Read More

Tuesday Links

1. What you can learn from from Macklemore about building a successful startup. 2. No shortage of excitement about Defense of Marriage Act arguments in the Supreme Court. For my money, I’m thinking the Supremes dodge the issue on standing grounds. 3. West Virginia is looking to ban google glass on the state’s roads. I … Read More

Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Excellence

I recently read this post by Lon Harris about the Age of Excellence. It’s powerful insight into what professional life is like today. The gist of the post is that customer reviews are omnipresent. Amazon, trip advisor, yelp, and programs of their ilk provide transparency on all products and services we consume. Being ok at … Read More

Re: Aaron Swartz, Shame on the DOJ

I’m new to the “startup community,” so I have no personal connection to Aaron Swartz. I’m not close to him or anyone who is close to him. But I follow the twitter feeds of many folks who did know him, and I’ve been following the legal proceedings that have dogged him the last couple of … Read More

Law and Probability, Part III

When someone tells you they have “x years of experience,” they have performed a significant number of trials in their professional career. More trials means more certainty. And any professional who learns from mistakes will, presumably, improve over time. But as we have seen with George Will and Dick Morris, lots of experienced, well-respected, and … Read More

Law and Probability, Part II

“You don’t win by predicting the future; you win by getting the odds right.” -William Bonner After the most recent presidential election, Nate Silver acquired folk hero status for the accuracy of his models in predicting the election. His model correctly predicted how every state would vote in the presidential race. Before the election, and … Read More

Law and Probability, Part I

The practice of law is all about informed decision making. A competent lawyer should have a broad familiarity with the law in the areas in which he or she practices. By applying the law to the facts of a particular client’s circumstances, the lawyer makes an informed recommendation about a path of action that will … Read More