Category Archives: LawPivot
These are the 10 best legal films that have added suspense and caused the most human pathos. The American Film Institute only included 2 legal films on their best movie list with To Kill A Mockingbird in 1997 and 12 Angry Men in 2007. Thanks to the ABA Journal, AFI, Keyser Law Firm, and The Radix, these are the 12 films that made everyone’s list:
1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
2. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
3. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
4. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
It’s 2012, and you can pretty much sue anyone for anything! Here are 7 puzzling lawsuits: (source: Listverse.com, WeirdlyOdd.com, TopTenz.com and Findlaw.com)
- Terrence Dickson burglarizes a house but cannot escape through the damaged garage door opener. He was stuck for 8 days surviving on Pepsi and dry dog food. He sues the homeowner’s insurance company claiming excessive mental anguish and wins $500,000.
- Everyone’s heard the legend of Coffee vs. McDonald’s. In 1992, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck sues McDonald’s for third degree burns and being hospitalized for 8 days claiming the coffee was too hot to be safe. She was awarded $200,00 for compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages.
Hello, everyone – I’m Steven Kam, LawPivot’s VP of Engineering, and this is my first public “hello” to the LawPivot community. Of course, our community consists of at least two very different groups of people, so while I’m saying hello to everyone, this hello in particular is directed toward the attorneys who have joined our site.
I lead LawPivot’s engineering team – I sit side-by-side with our other engineers, writing code and managing technical resources – but I am also a lawyer registered with the California Bar. I’ve studied Computer Science at Berkeley and Stanford and worked as a software engineer at tech startups; I attended law school at Boalt Hall and spent several years as a litigator in intellectual property. In short, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to have lived both lives.
My name is Kevin and I’m one of the engineers here at LawPivot. I’m really excited to finally talk to you all; we’ve been working furiously to develop online tools that help our community collaborate and grow their businesses.
I want to be clear: I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve come to deeply appreciate the intricacies of the legal profession. The majority of our team are lawyers, however, and working with them has piqued my interest (and excitement) in creating tools that help advance the legal industry as a whole.
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine published a great article about LawPivot in its Innovator section profiling LawPivot’s phenomenal growth. LawPivot CEO Jay Mandal is featured in the article, and describes LawPivot’s humble beginnings and how the company evolved over the last year. We encourage you to check it out!
To read the article, click here or go to http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/lawpivots-jay-mandal-startup-counsel-07072011.html
It’s been an incredible year and a half since LawPivot began its quest to revolutionize the legal industry, we have been fortunate enough to receive some incredible support from investors, press, and most importantly, our users.
Since the beginning, our two major goals have been:
- to help businesses easily (and without spending a fortune) receive legal advice and find lawyers that suit their needs
- to help lawyers easily market their expertise, connect with clients, and develop an online reputation for their services
We are excited to announce our U.S. nationwide partnership with Microsoft BizSpark, on the heels of the national expansion of LawPivot’s services last month. LawPivot will provide all U.S. members of Microsoft BizSpark access to our legal Q&A service, and we will also provide relevant legal content and targeted data analytics. Companies in the Microsoft BizSpark network can now use LawPivot to receive quality legal answers from lawyers, and also find lawyers for their needs. Additionally, we are providing legal articles on the Microsoft BizSpark web platform, to address legal issues tech companies in their network typically face. The data analytics from LawPivot will help Microsoft BizSpark better understand the legal needs of the companies in their network.
U.S. National Expansion
We are excited to expand LawPivot’s legal Q&A and other services to the majority of U.S. states, including the major metros. We welcome both businesses and lawyers to register for free on our site. As former lawyers, we understand that the legal industry’s business model is broken — specifically, businesses (especially startups) cannot easily and affordably get answers to their legal questions, and find the right lawyers for their needs. We are excited to expand LawPivot into most U.S. states to help tackle these problems with our confidential and crowdsourced legal Q&A service, and with our new product.
When it comes to providing web-enabled services, the legal industry is unfortunately still in the dinosaur ages. This is not acceptable, and LawPivot aims to change that. We introduce two new product features in our relentless effort to connect companies seamlessly to the legal answers they need.
First, we are releasing new and improved lawyer profiles on LawPivot that will help lawyers build their online reputations and market effectively to the right community of companies.
Secondly, LawPivot Questions is a new product feature that recommends questions to companies based on factors such as their profiles and site usage. Finally, we are excited to welcome Dan Cooperman, former General Counsel of Apple and Oracle, to our board of advisors.
Our last article with Guy Kawasaki — “The Ten Stupidest Things an Entrepreneur Can Do” that helps entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls — was of great interest to readers and so we are teaming up with Guy again! In our next article “How to Get Your Sheet Together”, we focus on issues that entrepreneurs should avoid when negotiating term sheets. An entrepreneur with a term sheet for investment has a range of decisions to make. Among the most important is which points to negotiate and which points to leave alone. A sample of the term sheet issues discussed in this article include: