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Why Be Personally Responsible When You Can Sue?

I saw a billboard last week for Who Can I Sue? and nearly puked.  Their stated mission is to: "provide (i) an efficient portal for its users to browse and find relevant information about a variety of legal claims, (ii) an ability for users to determine if they are qualified for a particular claim, and…

Even FASB thinks FAS 157 is Stupid

I wish that I could take credit for changing their minds, but no one called me.  That being said, I was happy to hear that the FASB is moving into a more flexible mind set regarding FAS 157. Only time will what ultimately comes of this, but hopefully it won’t be as stupid as it…

Law Firm 2.0 – Re-architecting the Law Firm – Outsourcing

Well, I’m back. I took some time off blogging about Law Firm 2.0, as I wanted to “take in” all the layoffs and such – a blog on that is coming soon. But without further delay, here are my thoughts on outsourcing as a critical change coming soon to a law firm near you. As…

Can’t Anyone Pay Their Damn Taxes?

Especially those whose paychecks come from our tax dollars?  The ones who are spending our tax dollars? Ugh. It wasn’t enough that our Treasury Secretary and our potential Health and Human Services head didn’t pay their taxes, but today, Obama’s candidate for the newly created “Chief Performance Office” clearly didn’t perform and pay her taxes….

Why FAS 157 Is Stupid

I am a guest columnist in VentureBeat.  Having pissed off all my lawyers friends with my Law Firm 2.0 posts, I figured it was about time to trash the accounting profession.  Or at least a part of it.  I hate the new accounting world of FAS 157 and I’m not alone.  Fred Wilson posted a…

Stupid Bailout of the Week

Last week, I posted about the porn industry’s proposed bailout and received many interesting comments.  (Thanks). One comment, from a regular and appreciated reader was particularly interesting, so I had to post a new blog. A San Francisco restaurant has received its second bailout in the last 4 months from the city of San Francisco….

Now I’m Certain That AT&T Sucks

I just returned from a week’s long vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  (And as an aside, if you are going and want restaurant recommendations, I have some good ones). I have an iPhone that I’m generally pleased with.  Yes, I gripe like everyone else about the lack of cut and paste, the lack of a…

Law Firm Fees Defy Economic and Reality Gravity

Ever since I posted my original rant about the over lawyering and overcharging by certain attorneys in the startup ecosystem, I’ve become synonymous with legal fees apparently. It isn’t all bad.  Our companies are being charged less, lawyers seem a little more likely to negotiate higher bills when the realize I’ll blog about them if…

Law Firm 2.0 – Re-architecting the Law Firm –Compensation

It’s been a while, but continuing on my Law Firm 2.0 series and having discussed ways to more efficiently bill, keep associate retention issues better at bay and how to better deal with legacy cost structures, today’s topic is compensation. I’ve gotten a ton of comments on my blog and on various other online forums…