South by Southwest (SXSW) is a series of three conferences, held each Spring in Austin, Texas. Spread over ten days, each conference focuses on a different discipline: Music, Film and Interactive (Internet). Unlike most conferences, you actually have a vote on who speaks at SXSW. This year, I have thrown my hat in the ring and submitted a talk on why new companies need a good lawyer. If you want to hear why fledgling companies need a good lawyer to keep them out of trouble, or you just want to see me on a SXSW panel, be sure to vote. Here is the description of my presentation:
Love means never having to say, “your honor.” Successful businesses love their lawyers. Not because they’re cheap, or because they tell them what they want to hear, but because great lawyers avoid problems that put amateurs out of business. What can you say about a company that died? That it was honest and worked hard, but it never fell in love with a lawyer. With the right lawyer on your arm, clients know you’re worth a relationship. With the right contracts in hand, clients feel secure and stop exploiting you. A good lawyer makes you want to be a better business. Someday soon, you’re going to have to come up with the courage to admit you care. Of course, falling in love is scary. But don’t be so overwhelmed with loving a lawyer that you’re forever alone. And don’t fall in love with the first Lothario who tells you you have nice assets. Find a lawyer you love and who loves you. Start a business affair to remember.
Why do I need a lawyer?
What will happen to my company if I do not have a lawyer?
How do I find a lawyer?
What should I expect from my lawyer?
How do I keep the love alive?
Bonus points if anyone gets all of the Love Story references.
See you at SXSW!