Examples of Engagements
Helping a professional athlete reach a deal with the right agent, on the right terms.
Arriving at a robust severance package for a fired executive in the shadow of a suit we launched against his employer—an engagement that involved the hiring and oversight of a strong legal team.
Advising a partner on how to regain control of his business from an adversarial partner while increasing the profitability of their venture.
Dealing with a client’s emotionally jarring and distracting personal conflict in a constructive manner so she could stay focused on her professional activities.
Influencing a Board of Directors to pursue a path desired by the company's founder.
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