Lawyers: What CEOs Need to Know
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Managing the Legal Process and
Getting Optimum Results Through ...
Questions I was asked about lawyers at my last
Endeavor ISP
• “We only have a labor lawyer in Brazil. How do we find the r...
Overview of Presentation
I. The basics: What a CEO Should Know When Working with an Attorney
II. How to Find the Right Att...
I. The basics: What a CEO Should Know When
Working with an Attorney
Summary of the Attorney’s Job - It comes down to
two fundamental things:
Advice and....
EXECUTION
The CEO’s Job When Working With an Attorney
 Making the business decision
• Healthy tension between Legal and other group...
What makes a good attorney?
• How do you know you have the right lawyer?
• What qualities should you look for?
• Cost?
• D...
Ways Attorneys Add Value
Proactive
Extremely experienced
Business focused & practical
Explaining the risks
Responsive
Non-...
Not managing your attorney is like giving him or her a blank check
Manage Your Attorney - Gaining Control of the
Relationship
Attorney Management Issues
• Who Should
Manage?
• Who is your
quarterback?
• General Counsel:
Can be inside or
outside
• R...
Should you hire a GC?
• Process for hiring a GC
• Creation of the GC Matrix
Basic areas of legal expertise for a small company
 Corporate
– Formation
– Corporate docs
– Raising capital
– M&A
 Empl...
Legal areas of expertise for a CEO
(personally)
• Estate planning
• Corporate
• Employment
• Real Estate
Making Sure Your Work Gets Done on Time
Attorney Management
 Define deadlines early and keep attorney committed
to it.
 Give the attorney time by getting the pr...
Danger of being a lazy client: Don’t rely 100% on
your lawyer
Attorney Client Privilege - what does this really mean for
me?
The Privilege:
• You control the privilege.
• Only communications to the attorney about legal
issues.
• Communications to ...
What you can do to significantly reduce your legal
fees 1. Negotiate the engagement letter
2. Create templates
3. Create f...
Questions to ask to manage the
relationship
• How much time do you expect this will take (or
can you provide me with a bud...
How to build the right legal team for yourself and yourHow to build the right legal team for yourself and your
companycomp...
Not All Attorneys Are Equal – Make SureNot All Attorneys Are Equal – Make Sure YYou Haveou Have
the Right One for Your Nee...
Steps for finding for the Right AttorneySteps for finding for the Right Attorney
Identify the need - this may not be as ob...
Leverage the Power of your Network to Find the Right LawyerLeverage the Power of your Network to Find the Right Lawyer
How to Interview Lawyers
Interviewing potential lawyers
•How many years have you practiced in this area?
•How did you acquire your expertise in thi...
The most important interview....your network:
“Can I speak with some of your former clients who
are in the same situation ...
III. The Process for Negotiating a ContractIII. The Process for Negotiating a Contract
Negotiation Process: The Basics
 CEO should set the process and ensure counsel (in-house or
outside) complies
 When to i...
The Ten Step Process You Should Implement at
Your Company for Every Contract Negotiation
1. Read the document
2. Review co...
Contract Process Cont.
4. Attorney redlines document
a) This step should be done for each round
b) Have attorney rank issu...
Contract Process Cont.
7. Determine who has authority on key issues and empower
executives
8. Create the approval process ...
What You Can Do When the Negotiation is Going Nowhere
 Determine who is log jam
 Principals discuss points without attor...
Key Legal Contract Terms for Risk Mitigation and whatKey Legal Contract Terms for Risk Mitigation and what
you need to kno...
IndemnificationIndemnification
General IndemnificationGeneral Indemnification. Supplier will defend and indemnify Company....
Lawyers: What CEOs Need to Know: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing the Legal Process and Getting Optimum Results Through...
Lawyers: What CEOs Need to Know: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing the Legal Process and Getting Optimum Results Through...
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  • Lawyers: What CEOs Need to Know: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing the Legal Process and Getting Optimum Results Through Contract Negotiations

    1. 1. Lawyers: What CEOs Need to Know An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Managing the Legal Process and Getting Optimum Results Through Contract Negotiations For yourself and your Company Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit June 2013 Doug Mandell https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougmandell www.personalgc.com @dougmandell Mandell Law Group, PC. © 2013 all rights reserved.Mandell Law Group, PC. © 2013 all rights reserved.
    2. 2. Questions I was asked about lawyers at my last Endeavor ISP • “We only have a labor lawyer in Brazil. How do we find the right lawyer to negotiate contracts for us in Europe and Asia.” • “Should our legal spend be this much?” • “At what point do we need to think about hiring a general counsel.” • “We have not hired a lawyer yet. How do we determine which firm to hire.” • “How do we manage our lawyer and make her part of our team.”
    3. 3. Overview of Presentation I. The basics: What a CEO Should Know When Working with an Attorney II. How to Find the Right Attorney III. The Process for Negotiating a Contract IV. Interactive Analysis of Key LegalTerms You must know to reduce risk
    4. 4. I. The basics: What a CEO Should Know When Working with an Attorney
    5. 5. Summary of the Attorney’s Job - It comes down to two fundamental things:
    6. 6. Advice and....
    7. 7. EXECUTION
    8. 8. The CEO’s Job When Working With an Attorney  Making the business decision • Healthy tension between Legal and other groups in your company  Your attorney serves you – don’t be shy  Directing your attorney • Danger of not providing clear direction  Be specific in telling your attorney what to do • “I don’t want to bother him”
    9. 9. What makes a good attorney? • How do you know you have the right lawyer? • What qualities should you look for? • Cost? • Does size matter?
    10. 10. Ways Attorneys Add Value Proactive Extremely experienced Business focused & practical Explaining the risks Responsive Non-Legal: Contacts
    11. 11. Not managing your attorney is like giving him or her a blank check
    12. 12. Manage Your Attorney - Gaining Control of the Relationship
    13. 13. Attorney Management Issues • Who Should Manage? • Who is your quarterback? • General Counsel: Can be inside or outside • Recent example of mismanagement
    14. 14. Should you hire a GC? • Process for hiring a GC • Creation of the GC Matrix
    15. 15. Basic areas of legal expertise for a small company  Corporate – Formation – Corporate docs – Raising capital – M&A  Employment  IP  Contracts  Litigation
    16. 16. Legal areas of expertise for a CEO (personally) • Estate planning • Corporate • Employment • Real Estate
    17. 17. Making Sure Your Work Gets Done on Time
    18. 18. Attorney Management  Define deadlines early and keep attorney committed to it.  Give the attorney time by getting the project to her early.
    19. 19. Danger of being a lazy client: Don’t rely 100% on your lawyer
    20. 20. Attorney Client Privilege - what does this really mean for me?
    21. 21. The Privilege: • You control the privilege. • Only communications to the attorney about legal issues. • Communications to people who are not attorneys are not privileged. • How to ensure documents are privileged. • If you are not in the US - ask lawyer about the privilege.
    22. 22. What you can do to significantly reduce your legal fees 1. Negotiate the engagement letter 2. Create templates 3. Create fallback positions 4. Create a playbook 5. Appoint a gate keeper 6. Review bill carefully a) No mass billing b) Demand description for each task and time spent c) Push back on inappropriate charges 7. Contract management system
    23. 23. Questions to ask to manage the relationship • How much time do you expect this will take (or can you provide me with a budget for this engagement). • Are you open to alternative fee arrangements? • Timing and availability. • Who will work on this? • What is the best way for me to reach you? • Why is the retainer so high?
    24. 24. How to build the right legal team for yourself and yourHow to build the right legal team for yourself and your companycompany
    25. 25. Not All Attorneys Are Equal – Make SureNot All Attorneys Are Equal – Make Sure YYou Haveou Have the Right One for Your Need.the Right One for Your Need.  Quality & SpecialtyQuality & Specialty  How to find the right attorneyHow to find the right attorney – Identify the needIdentify the need – Does size matter?Does size matter?  The $10,000 letterThe $10,000 letter
    26. 26. Steps for finding for the Right AttorneySteps for finding for the Right Attorney Identify the need - this may not be as obvious as it seems.Identify the need - this may not be as obvious as it seems. Resources for identifying the need:Resources for identifying the need: - Other lawyer, business advisor, CFO- Other lawyer, business advisor, CFO Leverage the power of yourLeverage the power of your secondsecond degreedegree Interview prospective counselInterview prospective counsel Interview other clientsInterview other clients
    27. 27. Leverage the Power of your Network to Find the Right LawyerLeverage the Power of your Network to Find the Right Lawyer
    28. 28. How to Interview Lawyers
    29. 29. Interviewing potential lawyers •How many years have you practiced in this area? •How did you acquire your expertise in this area (training from a firm that also has expertise in this area or were you self-taught)? •Are you a recognized expert in this area? For example, some state bars offer certification in certain practice areas and there are other organizations which recognize lawyers for their expertise. •Have you ever written or spoken on this topic? •Do you have expertise in the specific area I am dealing with.
    30. 30. The most important interview....your network: “Can I speak with some of your former clients who are in the same situation I am?”
    31. 31. III. The Process for Negotiating a ContractIII. The Process for Negotiating a Contract
    32. 32. Negotiation Process: The Basics  CEO should set the process and ensure counsel (in-house or outside) complies  When to involve the attorney  Why it is an advantage to send out the first draft – Use of your template  What to do when you receive the other side’s draft agreement first – Expect a bad agreement – Surprised by how many sign the first draftSurprised by how many sign the first draft
    33. 33. The Ten Step Process You Should Implement at Your Company for Every Contract Negotiation 1. Read the document 2. Review contract with team 3. Review contract with your attorney a) Get an understanding of what the issues are from the attorney b) Give direction to the attorney (1) Crucial points (2) Fall backs (3) BATNA
    34. 34. Contract Process Cont. 4. Attorney redlines document a) This step should be done for each round b) Have attorney rank issues if necessary 5. Determine who responds from your team and who should receive the response 6. Utilize pre-approved fallback positions
    35. 35. Contract Process Cont. 7. Determine who has authority on key issues and empower executives 8. Create the approval process and follow it 9. What to do with the contract after it is signed a) Where does it go b) Keeping track of key terms 10. Implementing the contract
    36. 36. What You Can Do When the Negotiation is Going Nowhere  Determine who is log jam  Principals discuss points without attorney  Have principals on the phone with attorneys  Should position be revised?
    37. 37. Key Legal Contract Terms for Risk Mitigation and whatKey Legal Contract Terms for Risk Mitigation and what you need to knowyou need to know  Indemnification- you assume all risk faced by otherIndemnification- you assume all risk faced by other partyparty  Limitation of Liability - Capping your riskLimitation of Liability - Capping your risk  Insurance - Does the other party have money toInsurance - Does the other party have money to indemnify?indemnify?
    38. 38. IndemnificationIndemnification General IndemnificationGeneral Indemnification. Supplier will defend and indemnify Company. Supplier will defend and indemnify Company and Companyand Company’s affiliates, directors, employees and contractors’s affiliates, directors, employees and contractors (collectively "Indemnitees") against any claim or action(collectively "Indemnitees") against any claim or action brought by abrought by a third party againstthird party against an Indemniteean Indemnitee arising fromarising from (a) an allegation of(a) an allegation of Supplier's negligence or willful misconduct; (b) any breach bySupplier's negligence or willful misconduct; (b) any breach by Supplier of its obligations to Company under this Agreement,Supplier of its obligations to Company under this Agreement, FALLBACK: Include (c) if necessaryFALLBACK: Include (c) if necessary or (c) any breach by Supplieror (c) any breach by Supplier of its obligations to Company under any other Agreement betweenof its obligations to Company under any other Agreement between the parties.the parties. FALLBACK: Strike (b) and/or make this section mutual,FALLBACK: Strike (b) and/or make this section mutual, the following is Company’s most extreme fallback position:the following is Company’s most extreme fallback position: TheThe Parties will defend and indemnify each other and their affiliates,Parties will defend and indemnify each other and their affiliates, directors, employees and contractors (collectively "Indemnitees")directors, employees and contractors (collectively "Indemnitees") against any claim or action brought by a third party against anagainst any claim or action brought by a third party against an Indemnitee arising from an allegation of a party’s negligence orIndemnitee arising from an allegation of a party’s negligence or willful misconduct.willful misconduct.

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