How to Manage Your Attorney

Over at the National Foundation of Independent Business, Kristen Lund channels my advice to small business about the management of their legal counsel.

This advice aligns with the way my Fortune 50 clients managed me as their litigator and advisor.

There's no reason why small business shouldn't act like big business. 

Your money is as green as their money after all.

Does a bill for “researching precedents” sound vague? It is. If a small business owner receives such a bill with unclear descriptions of services from his or her lawyer, it may be time to find a new one, says Victoria Pynchon, co-founder of She Negotiates, a consulting and training firm in Los Angeles.

Pynchon spent 25 years practicing high-stakes commercial litigation before starting her own business as a negotiation consultant—a role in which she helps other small business owners hire and manage lawyers. Here, she shares the top three complaints she hears from small business owners about their relationships with their attorneys.

Advice for small business owners here.