I spend most of my time helping companies evaluate, understand, allocate, and mitigate risk: oil & gas operators, oilfield services, industrial processors, as well as cannabis growers and processors. But one of the perks of cutting your teeth at larger law firms is the ability to work on a variety of cases. From OSHA investigations to mysterious cash disappearances, I help companies make educated business decisions - weighing the costs and benefits of choices. There's a reason we're called "counselors at law" - we should be counseling business decisions as they are made. Not waiting until a dispute arises to actually read and understand "all that paper."
Words have meaning. Contracts don't seem important when you're hustling for work. Yet those [insert legally binding document of choice] can have large repercussions down the road. Benjamin Franklin was on to something when he declared an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
We're 20% through this century already. Yet your average attorney is still practicing law like it's 1999. Why are we still sending faxes and negotiating billion-dollar contracts via emailed redlines back and forth? I'm working with other industry thought-leaders to revolutionize the way companies contract risk. Legal services should be in tune with today's technology. What if we were truly all on the same team? Smart contracts, triggered by pre-determined data parameters can eliminate a lot of today's invoicing headaches. Just like pressure data can help predict and prevent a well from blowing out. Truly smart legal contracts aren't here yet. But there's help on the way (because I'm working on them)! Stay tuned, but in the meantime, let's try to be better by slowly integrating the technology that is available to eliminate human error and accurately represent common-sense business decision.
Are you sitting down? I enjoy reading insurance policies. I know - it's a special sadistic nerdy talent few of us embrace. But they also drive me crazy. Why are we still "endorsing" policies with 28 pages of text deleting and supplementing certain provisions throughout the main body of the policy? I understand why this was a necessity when the typewriter was exciting technology. Today, insurance companies should be issuing a policy that includes the endorsed language within the body of the policy. It will reduce litigation. Why isn't everyone insisting on this? Lots of people make money on insurance being vague and hard to understand. We can do better! I'm not your typical lawyer.
Clients have my cell number. If there's an emergency I will be there to help you implement a response plan. From notifying regulators and insurers to jockeying the press - there's a reason why the first 48 hours are so critical.