Articles By: Bill Nolan

Bill Nolan

Bill Nolan has practiced law in Columbus since 1989. In 2009, he opened the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, a large full-service law firm that seeks to take a more entrepreneurial and cost-effective approach both to client service and its own business. Barnes & Thornburg lawyers will be providing this column on a monthly basis.

In Praise of CYA – Sometimes The Buck Shouldn’t Stop With You

In Praise of CYA – Sometimes The Buck Shouldn’t Stop With You
As an entrepreneur, you are in charge. The ability to know who’s accountable – you – may be the reason you are an entrepreneur rather than trying to work your way up a corporate ladder. And certainly it is good in a business for stakeholders to be accountable. The buck stops here. Within your organizations,...
January 21st, 2016 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

The Nasty Lawyer Letter Is Great But … Then What?

The Nasty Lawyer Letter Is Great But … Then What?
Your business has been jilted…by a vendor, or a customer, or a competitor, or a government agency. Somebody has not fulfilled his, her or its obligations to you. Dammit, your rights have been violated, and you want your lawyer to DO something about. Not file a lawsuit – that’s too expensive. Write...
September 17th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Sometimes You Want a B+ on Your Legal Documents

Sometimes You Want a B+ on Your Legal Documents
I have written here before that the key to managing legal costs is determining what you need, then making sure you align that with what you get. Do that right, and the rest is easy. Just a matter of clear communication about what it costs. I was reminded of this recently over lunch with a young entrepreneur....
May 21st, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Four Tips for Managing a Legal Bully

Four Tips for Managing a Legal Bully
Just like people, businesses run into bullies in a variety of contexts, including various situations. By bully, we don’t mean the key customer on which your business may be quite dependent, or a true high liability risk situation, but rather situations where your antagonist seemingly is demanding more...
January 14th, 2015 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Signs You’ve Got A Lawyer You Can Trust

Signs You’ve Got A Lawyer You Can Trust
I often write about how to be a smart legal consumer, and an important part of that is finding a lawyer you can trust. I don’t mean “trust” in the sense of being dishonest with you or your money, because I think it is a very short list of lawyers you cannot trust in that sense. Rather, I mean trust...
October 16th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege

What You Should Know About the Attorney-Client Privilege
We have written here and here about how your email communications can come back to haunt you, and here about how you can often save legal fees by calling your attorney sooner. Bill Nolan An important related topic often misunderstood by businesspeople is the attorney-client privilege. What is it?...
July 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Purchasing Services: Things to Look for In Your Contract

Purchasing Services:  Things to Look for In Your Contract
I was reviewing a contract for a client recently that reminded me of several items I have addressed in these columns – when to call your lawyer, what to look for in a contract, the importance of not blindly signing form contracts, and how to choose the right team to address your insurance needs. It...
June 19th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach
In the last 10 years, there has been an enormous amount of dialogue on the cost of legal services. What does it all mean, and how do you sort through it all so that your company can spend the greatest proportion of your resources on your mission rather than legal services? First, there are a lot of absolutes...
April 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

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