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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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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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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Two great articles in the New York Times Business section today:  one on the vibrant tech scene in Boulder and one focusing on our friends at The Foundry Group (featuring a nice little b.leaf mention towards the end).  Boulder is a fantastic place for emerging businesses.  A “what if/why not” energy permeates the whole city.  As the Times points […]

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Nice shout-out for Brightleaf from Rees Morrison, the most prolific blogger in the legal technology/management biz (we’re working on our second cup of coffee  and he’s already dropped five posts this morning). In addition to the dizzying pace of the work he produces, Rees is also perhaps the most respected legal department management consultant you could hope […]

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Kraft Kennedy’s Michael Mills writes about legal document assembly (and Brightleaf) in this month’s issue of Legal Technology News.  Mills comes to Kraft-Kennedy from 20 years at Davis Polk, much of it spent heading the firm’s knowledge management and technology functions, so he knows of what he speaks.

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Here’s a b.leaf post from our Dave Curran about the very successful launch of the Entrepreneurship Talks program series with Foley Lardner.. Well it happened!  Gabor and I had a great first conversation during the launch of the Entrepreneurship Talks™ Program. (Click Here to download the recorded event) The time went by so quickly.  We got […]

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Sometimes, something just jumps out from the background at you. Like a guy in an “Ellen” audience, even if there’s nothing technically wrong with it,  some stuff just feels anomalous–out of place–and it causes your subconscious to wake up and say, “Huh? What is that doing there?” Which I guess is how I came to notice the […]

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