At WS Law Offices, we understand an important "something" that some "big firm" lawyers just don't get: you're trying to book revenue, not spend money to get the world's most perfect legal agreement. Within that context, here are some ways that WS Law Offices can help you:
Making you money; helping your business grow You're probably not a pure altruist (even if your product or service might save the world). Also, I seriously doubt that you're hoping to create the perfect, all-inclusive, 50-page legal agreement when trying to sell to your customers. And in all seriousness, I get that ...despite all of the wonderful and detailed form books I received when I started my career at a big law firm. Spending more than a dozen years as a GC and business executive in-house (at both public and private companies) honed in me a strong ability to focus on a clear goal: revenue within risk constraints. And I'll use that perspective when helping you to grow your own business.
Technology Licensing and IP Protection I've spent the majority of my career protecting my employers' and my clients' intellectual property (both proprietary and open source). I'm well-versed in the intricacies of licensing issues surrounding copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. I can bring my expertise not just on the legal side, but on the business side as well, to help your company maximize sales while minimizing risk.
Sales Cycle Efficiency When I was being recruited for my second General Counsel position, the executive team tasked me with only two high-level goals: become a worldwide legal expert in the company's area of focus, and make the company's sales cycle more efficient. I worked with finance representatives and sales teams to hone the company's agreements into tools to create revenue, not just long legal forms. I was subsequently told by both a managing partner of a large Silicon Valley law firm and by senior counsel for a world-leading tech company that I had "one of the best legal agreements" they'd ever seen. Equally important, our sales team saw the legal department not as a hurdle, but as a partner in generating deals and revenue. Since starting my practice I've been hired by both private and public companies to make their sales processes (including the interactions between sales, legal and finance) more efficient.
Web "stuff" I help clients sell hardware, software, services and consumer goods via the Web and via SaaS (and PaaS) arrangements, draft privacy policies and website terms and conditions for both consumer-facing and corporate customer-facing websites, and draft IP policies, data protection agreements and contributor license agreements for entities dealing with both proprietary and open source software.
Other Corporate Legal Needs As a long-time general counsel, I've dealt with many other of the issues you'll face in running your business, including: employment and HR matters; M&A (both within the U.S. and internationally); sales comp plans; strategic planning; distributor, reseller and OEM agreements; banker and broker engagement letters; and much more. In other words, in most cases, "I've been there." And I'm happy to give my perspective and guidance to help your business grow.