legal laboratories

We are a virtualized, multi-disciplinary consultancy and service provider of legal, business and other professional services for startups, new ventures and other fast-growth, innovation-focused endeavors.

Our diverse backgrounds, including as engineers and entrepreneurs, and in-the-trenches at startups, truly help us "get it." At our roots, we are business builders with a roll-up-the-sleeves mindset who have – in various capacities as outside counsel, GCs, CTOs, COOs, CFOs, EVPs and SVPs – helped start, scale, manage and advise companies or significant departments of companies from the seed stage to public company Fortune 1000′s. 

We strive for a true partnership of collaboration, trust and mutual respect, toward our goal of being active and supportive members of the team, with the client able to control the "volume dial" of our involvement as desired. Our experience base can be drawn upon as needed, with likely on-point familiarity with almost any operational, transactional or other challenge likely to come up, and we bring deep “entrepreneurial empathy” for the inevitable ups and downs along the way.

We are at the same time a social enterprise committed to dedicating 50% of our efforts towards pro-bono services for non-profit organizations in key areas of social well-being. We exist, in part, to alleviate expenses otherwise spent on legal and other professional services in order to allow these organizations to reallocate those dollars towards impact.

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There’s a better way... Find it!
— Thomas Edison

FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER

We are a virtualized, multi-disciplinary consultancy and service provider of legal, business and other professional services for startups, new ventures and other fast-growth, innovation-focused endeavors.

We are also a social enterprise committed to dedicating 50% of our efforts towards pro-bono services for non-profit organizations in key areas of social well-being. We exist, in part, to alleviate expenses otherwise spent on legal and other white collar professional services in order to allow these organizations to reallocate those dollars towards impact.

Elon Musk speaks about entrepreneurship, scientific methodology & SpaceX, a thematic trifecta he often refers to. 

Faster, Better, Cheaper

Legal Laboratories is a radical deconstruction, blue-sky re-imagining, and ground-up redesign a proposed hypothesis – for a new type of services provider, with legal services foremost but likely insufficient, and best when more closely integrated with peer BusOps like marketing, engineering, operations, business development and finance. It's a unique and earnest answer to problems and dysfunction in the legal industry that I suspect many, on some level, at least have a sense of unease about. Speaking to a diverse set of folks from lingering, finance, etc. including founders, and based on personal observations over the years, there seems to be no doubts at all from them. 

So driven by very different assumptions and objectives than a traditional law firm, informed by each of our personal experiences in the trenches of startups ourselves, and without any preconceptions of what might result, we tackled what might just be a "wicked problem." We found some insights, were often absolutely surprised at some realizations or conclusions, and wound up with what we describe here. 

In both cases, t, a two-fold mission equally served by our relentless focus on workflow and productivity efficiencies, alignment of interests, smart and proportionate allocation of time and resources to the needs, requirements and context at hand, and the maximal use of automation technologies as a primary design requirement in our enterprise and legal ops technology frameworks

Our most important objective, the tentpole challenge, was to find whatever tools possible to get the interests of lawyers and their clients drastically more aligned with, and so much more concerned with and invested, in the best interests of their clients. This would include providing optimally-varying, pragmatic and actionable support and advice closely attuned to the varying resources and needs of, and unforgiving demands on, new ventures as they progress through their life cycle. 

“Change takes place through action, not through meditation and prayer alone.” The Dalai Lama speaks to A Billion Acts.

#givehalf, A Billion Acts & Pro Bono

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