At Brightleaf we’re big Trinity Law Group fans: they’re super-sharp, well-connected, deeply experienced business lawyers with a model that perfectly suits entrepreneurial tech companies.  Nice guys, too. Also, TLG co-founder Walter Wright co-hatched the idea that became Brightleaf and in our early days patiently raised and fed the fledgeling company until it was ready to leave […]

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We privately offered congratulations to our friends at The Foundry Group a few months back when they raised their new fund.  That’s testament to their record, their investment philosophy, their insanely hard work, and their overall coolness.  As further evidence of that coolness, check out how their website has gotten a sweet makeover, going from “Reservoir […]

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Now that we’re done shoveling snow, we can turn to this interesting article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.  The theme suggested by its title, “Big Law Firms Keep Lid on Associate Bonuses,” is hardly new or suprising.  Given the overall economic climate, nobody really expected associate compensation to skyrocket.  What’s worth noting however is this little graph […]

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If you’re a corporate lawyer whose life involves deal work for growing companies, chances are you’re intimately familiar with the National Venture Capital Association’s model legal documents.  This set of eight documents is immediately recognizable to most firms that practice in this space, and whether firms use the documents in their original form or modify […]

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Online newsmagazine Slate checked in yesterday with this story about how law schools acting in their own financial interest are creating an oversupply of debt-laden grads who cannot find jobs in the legal profession.  While the article doesn’t contain much in the way of shocking new revelations, it very nicely summarizes the disconnect between how prospective J.D.’s […]

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We’ve written before about Bolivian President Evo Morales’  plan to market a coca leaf-based soft drink called Coca-Colla.  We’ve even suggested some trademark strategies that Evo might pursue as he follows this dream.  Because what’s the point of working your way up to head of state if you can’t use the position to infringe on the […]

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Jeff Zucker announced today that he was leaving NBC upon completion of the Comcast merger in a few months.  This surprised nobody.  Comcast isn’t ponying up almost $14B so that it can leave the network in the hands of the man who oversaw its precipitous dive from #1 to #4 in the ratings.  And it isn’t […]

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A few years ago I had some dealings with a fast-rising associate—let’s call him “Jeffrey”–at a very large law firm.  I have to admit that I did not much care for Jeffrey.  He exhibited a pronounced tendency to agree to something during verbal negotiations and then, later, while back at his desk drafting, move the […]

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InsideCounsel Magazine just released its list of the ten most innovative corporate legal departments.  We were particularly glad to see Qwest listed as the winner for innovation in the area of ethics leadership. If you read any of the trade periodicals aimed at legal department management, you probably recognize Rich Baer’s name.  In 2008, Corporate […]

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Matthew Hudson, formerly of O’Melveny’s European operations and founder of Proskauer’s UK office, announced yesterday that he was leaving BigLaw and starting his own London-based firm, MJ Hudson, LLP. “So what?” you say.  “Partners these days are shearing off from large firms like ice sheets from Antarctic glaciers.”  What’s so different about this one?” Well, […]

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Tuesday’s Boston Globe carried this front page story about the new University of Massachusetts School of Law. Before we dig into it, a bit of background:  for the past several years, the Massachusetts Legislature  and Board of Higher Education have waged a tumultuous battle over whether the Commonwealth’s public university system should create a public law school by […]

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Lynne Zagami Riquelme came to Brightleaf from a background at Proskauer Rose and Brown Rudnick.  At the former, she participated in spirited debates on the subject of carried interest taxation and its implications for the tech economy.  Here’s her well-informed take on this in-the-news issue… In recent months, a lot of attention has been paid […]

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Trained as a lawyer in his native Canada, Jordan Furlong has spent most of his career as a legal journalist and a strategic consultant to Canadian law firms.  He writes well and convincingly about fundamental economic issues in the contemporary practice of law.  His blog, Law21: Dispatches from a Legal Profession on the Brink, is […]

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