Archive for the ‘Lawyering’ Category

Avoiding the e-valanche

Just about everyone can relate to the challenge of trying to get work done in the face of an endless torrent of emails and the expectations of constant availability and immediate response. Yet the reality is that this situation is incompatible with completing work that requires extended focus (which is to say, most work). We […]

Do big-company GCs know how awful their form contracts are?

It’s a question I sincerely wonder about. (If any big-company GCs are reading this — call me!) I often represent startup clients in negotiations with counsel for large companies, and strangely, while the caliber of their attorneys is generally high, the quality of their contract forms is, on average, awful. How can this be?

Convertible notes versus equity debate – my simple take

Fred Wilson (always worth reading) has once again posted some views in the (perhaps a bit tired) debate about whether entrepreneurs should raise seed financing using convertible notes (or their close cousins, SAFEs) or priced equity. (Wilson’s original post was all the way back in August 2010.) Amazingly, though posted only a month ago, there are 98 […]

Introducing Counsel-as-a-Service™

In the days of yore, when dinosaurs roamed the earth (or thereabouts), goodcounsel offered “fractional general counsel” services. The idea of providing part-time counsel to growing, entrepreneurial companies (like those for which I had previously worked) was sound, but offering it a certain number of days each month was, in retrospect, flawed. If the billable […]

Hamstrung by Microsoft

66% of small law firms on Mac. But limitations of Word for Mac deny us software options @officeformac #ClioCloud9 — Kenneth Obel (@MyGoodCounsel) September 23, 2014 I tweeted this earlier today. To add a little detail: I’ve long been interested in “document automation” and “document assembly” as a way to make the document drafting […]

More silly lawyer habits that can bite you in the $@#!

Last year, I posted about the silly lawyer drafting practice of representing a number with both numerals and words. It’s a bad habit that many lawyers continue to use unquestioningly, and as I pointed out in that post, it can lead to potentially problematic contractual inconsistencies. I continue to come across examples of the problem. Here’s another. […]

Thoughts on Howard Tullman’s recent Inc. magazine piece

I loved the piece in Inc. entitled “5 Ways to Stop Legal-Fee Madness” by Howard Tullman, a legendary Chicago entrepreneur who recently became the CEO of 1871, one of the premiere startup incubators in the area. I agree with just about everything Howard says. Stop for a moment, go read it, and come back and […]

A sobering article about the decline of “BigLaw”

Anyone who is interested in the future of the legal profession should read this article from the New Republic. Of course, it’s not news that the legal profession is in a state of crisis to some degree. There is severe overcapacity, clients are spending less and those lawyers who have jobs at the larger firms […]

The paradox of law practice innovation

As those of you who know me know that part of what I enjoy the most about having my own legal practice is finding ways to innovate, including using technology more intelligently in the practice. I like practicing law, but the creative part of me really enjoys playing with new technologies or finding ways to […]

goodcounsel featured in Chicago Lawyer magazine article

Roy Strom, of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, was kind enough to interview me about legal services for entrepreneurial technology companies. The article is now out. Link below. Updated link: