“Currently, I work with contracts – negotiating them, writing them, analyzing them and helping clients understand them.
One part of my practice involves helping authors with the contracts they’re asked to sign with publishers. I’ve helped New York Times Bestsellers as well as authors who have received their first publishing contract.
One of the jobs I’m frequently retained for is to help authors negotiate modifications to unfair contracts they signed when they were inexperienced in understanding the terms of their publishing agreements and common ways of doing business of traditional publishers. I have also helped authors nullify or exit from unfair contracts they’ve signed
I have experience, including litigation experience, with a wide variety of contracts, including contracts with some of the largest companies in the world.
I draw on my litigation experience as I draft or redraft contracts because I’m sensitive to ways contracts can be attacked and the potential for misunderstanding or incorrect interpretations of poorly-written agreements in court.
Technology and Management
Deep experience in Internet and technology marketing and deal-making.
+ Took a major consumer website to a top 15 Google Search ranking, beginning with a ranking of 70+. Doubled pageviews in three days.
+ Created the first Internet offering for a large (over $1 billion) content aggregator/seller
+ Negotiated major technology alliance deals with Intel, HP, Disney
+ Negotiated technology sales/licensing agreements with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Fidelity Investments, Apple, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many other similar companies
Extraordinary Presentation and Writing Skills
Earlier in my career, I became a nationally-known expert on law office management with particular focus on effectively using computers for legal tasks through my writing and speaking.
+ I was invited to present to the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association for ten years in a row and spent about 25 days a year as a paid speaker to lawyers at dozens of bar associations and legal technology education programs.
+ Monthly Columnist for The American Bar Association Journal
Specialties: Negotiation, drafting and review of contracts relating to intellectual property, including contracts authors sign with publishers and agents. In connection with my work for authors, I have a blog, The Passive Voice – http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
Negotiation, drafting and review of a wide range of business contracts, including technology sales and software licenses, and joint-development agreements”