Well, for the purposes of this conversation let’s say I am a contrarian lawyer with a knack for crafting elegant solutions to complex problems. I embrace wanderlust, own a 36 year old turtle, and am a slave to good espresso.

What is your educational background?

I earned my law degree and MBA from Duke University in 2002. At Duke, I was a co-founder of the , a law journal that focuses on how technology and the internet impact the law, and also served as the initial managing editor. Prior to that, I earned two degrees summa cum laude in Finance and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I graduated near the top of my undergraduate class.

So now, after all that schooling, I can analyze you, your stock portfolio and your legal problems.

Just kidding… but it’s probably worth pointing out that my educational interests (particularly, a keen interest in behavioral economics and data science) shape my approach to solving legal problems. Of course, learning is a continuous process and the most valuable education I have received has come from the fifteen years I’ve spent listening to clients – with appropriate humility – and thinking about what folks like you want from a lawyer and how I can be the perfect fit for at least some of you. 

What jurisdictions do you practice in?

When do the exciting questions get asked? I passed the bar in Washington and New York. I recently added Oregon and Arizona via reciprocity, so I am licensed in four states as of February 2017 (when I last updated this section). While I tend to travel frequently, Portland is my home base these days, but for most of my career my practice was Seattle-based and I still travel there somewhat frequently.

What practice areas do you focus on?

My practice focuses on a made up phrase I call “technology law” because I have spent a lot of time and energy resolving disputes, building out legal infrastructure (i.e. employee contracts), negotiating contracts, and developing intellectual property portfolios for tech companies. My clients are an eclectic mix, but are most typically growing, venture-funded businesses dissatisfied with the big law firm experience for most of their legal needs. I have also worked with many artists and creative businesses in my career because I really enjoy being around creative people. My client base is quite national and even international, but I would love to expand it with more Portland clients.

What is unique about your approach to practicing law?

There are many other lawyers who excelled academically, but there aren’t many with entrepreneurial experience, a facility with numbers and an relentless drive not to over-complicate things (you doubt that lawyers generally like to over-complicate things? I’d love to have that discussion with you some other time). 

What is unique about your approach to client service?

The legal profession is often maligned for insensitivity to client needs. Why can’t we just acknowledge that customer service is really not that complicated? Return phone calls promptly, get better at eliminating distractions by spending your time wisely and avoiding projects you can’t or won’t devote yourself to, and spend a lot of time thinking about better processes, harnessing technology and generally how to use your clients’ dollars more efficiently, that’s what I say!

Why should I hire you?

In short, because I am one of few accessible attorneys with the ability to consistently deliver practical, insightful solutions to business and intellectual property issues. 

So now that you’ve blown me away with rhetoric, how can you prove how much value you can add to my business?

If you have read this far, my approach might just resonate with you, and I look forward to connecting with you. Are we a good fit? VeriTrademark is not scheduling consultations right now but I am always happy to meet for coffee if you are in Portland.