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Team Players

Stubbs Alderton’s Preccelerator program is a legal boon for the tech boom

It was a bad time to start up anything, really.  “This was right after 9/11,” recalls managing partner Scott Alderton. “It was a horrible time for tech startups in L.A.” But he and Joe Stubbs, Murray Markiles, John McIlvery and Greg Akelsrud rolled the dice and formed their firm in early 2002 with a clear mission statement: to translate their passion for early- and middle-stage startup clients into a thriving law practice. They wanted to become the firm for tech companies. They’re on …

When Lawyers Need Lawyers

Karen Goodman defends attorneys facing malpractice claims; Bill Gwire puts them in the hot seat

No attorney wants to hear the words “legal malpractice.” But for those who practice professional-liability law, such charges provide opportunities to either right wrongs or fight accusations against fellow lawyers. In essence, it could be argued, they’re both about improving the profession. The dollar amounts of these claims are on the rise, according to an Ames & Gough study. And common allegations range from “procrastination” to “clerical error” to “fraud,” according to …

Comfortable in Sacramento

Gary L. Bradus brokers 9-figure deals, but at heart he’s a ‘small-town’ kind of guy

If life is about choices that make you happy, Gary Bradus wins. He’s a man who knows himself, knows his business and knows his place. The man is a shareholder at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin; the business is corporate law; the place, without a doubt, is Sacramento. Bradus is a man who, early in his career, traded a future with the prospect of high pressure and long commutes for a return to his low-key hometown, where he’s carved out a niche as one of the capital city’s most …

The Oracle

Geoff Howard orchestrates Oracle’s landmark case against fellow tech giant SAP

Geoff Howard’s watershed moment was like something out of The Graduate, except it was his father speaking—not a friend of the family—and Howard actually took the advice. In fact, he built a career out of it. “My dad sat me down when I was a [high school] sophomore,” recalls the technology-focused Bingham McCutchen litigator. Dr. Matthew Howard placed a Kaypro II personal computer in front of his adolescent son and told him to listen closely: “You ought to learn this. This is the …

The Change Agent

Josh Floum helped Visa unify its business and continues to guide the company as currency evolves

“It wasn’t something I planned for,” says Josh Floum, general counsel of Visa Inc., looking and sounding at ease in a 29th-floor conference room at Visa’s San Francisco headquarters. He isn’t talking about an antitrust lawsuit, nor the emergence of rival credit-card company China Union Pay. He is talking about his job. In 2003, Floum was chair of the California litigation practice for Holme, Roberts & Owen (now merged with Bryan Cave), and had spent his entire two-decade career …

The Wikipedia Zeitgeist

Why Mike Godwin disowns his own content

For all of its impact on popular culture, Wikimedia Foundation—whose primary product is Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia—has only a dozen or so full-time employees. Its world headquarters is a modest office anchored near the San Francisco Bay Bridge. No less misleading is the appearance of Wikimedia's in-house counsel, Mike Godwin. He sports casual jeans and tennis shoes and has the enthusiasm and energy of a teenager. Nothing about him suggests his impact on the electronic …

Veen, Vidi, Vici

Bill Veen has traveled a long way since his days in Satan's Chauffeurs

It's a long way from the Satan's Chauffeurs motorcycle gang to the 2008 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Or is it? Bill Veen's hair may be thinner than it once was, but the founder of The Veen Firm seems very much the same cocksure self-styled juvenile delinquent who once rode the streets of East Detroit with the gang he belonged to in his teens. "We thought quite highly of ourselves," Veen says, "but the local police did not." If you spend a little time with …

Jerry Falk Almost Always Gets the Last Word

It's so much fun winning appeals for clients  

Spend some time with San Francisco appellate lawyer Jerome B. Falk and you will hear the same word repeatedly: "fun." Appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States to argue the fine points of the Howard Hughes estate is "a lot of fun." Sitting in an office, surrounded by boxes and boxes of documents, getting ready to dive into a case, is "the most fun." At times, Falk's job and his conscience have forced him to take unpopular stands on issues. To avoid unpopular positions, he says, …

Home of the Brave

Three Indiana attorneys who have served their country in the armed forces tell their tales

Keeping an Eye on the Mission Christopher Lee on helping Afghans and being a team player Ask Christopher Lee about himself and he’ll tell you he’s “common.” “I’m a Hoosier,” he says. “An ordinary person.” Lee’s life experiences are anything but ordinary. His trial law practice at Evansville’s Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn has been interrupted twice by military deployment, first in 2001, when he was sent to Bosnia, and again in 2004, when he was stationed in Afghanistan. …

Re: Re

Joseph Re seizes the day—and juries—with his enthusiasm

If anyone was born into law, it was Joseph Re. Both his maternal grandfather and his mother were lawyers. His father, Edward D. Re, was a federal judge and longtime St. John’s University law school faculty member. “My dad was President Lyndon Johnson’s last judicial appointment to get confirmed by the Senate,” Re says. This appointment put the Re family, which by 1969 included 9-year-old Joseph plus four more brothers and seven sisters, in New York, where the family dinner table …

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