Bradley R. Bailyn, Esq.
NYC Social Entrepreneurship & Business Transformation Attorney | Philanthropist, Speaker & Best-Selling Author
Is Your Attorney Afraid Of Success?
In the title I asked if your attorney is afraid of success. It's funny but it's certainly not a joke. There is a strong, unspoken rule that everything should be compromised, settled and made to disappear. When you live by that rule, never taking a meaningful stand for any reason, everybody likes you - your colleagues, adversaries and often your own clients. Breakout professional success is not just about being good enough though, it requires a certain comfort level with people resenting you because they feel you got more than you deserved. You got what they deserved. If that's what justice requires, so be it.
I'm an activist for entrepreneurs, founders, impact investors, intellectual property owners, trust beneficiaries and other producers of real value against those people who would waste, misuse or embezzle it. There is a clear right and a clear wrong and not every matter can or should be settled.
My background is in entrepreneurship. For the past 15 years I have practiced law, but primarily as general counsel and CFO for companies I co-founded. My projects are all Internet/media companies, including one of the largest websites in the world by traffic count (which also got funding from an A-list investment bank.) I have sold all my companies, including several at substantial valuations, and co-authored a best-selling book.
My current venture is this business law firm. As general counsel I have hired quite a few attorneys and I have been consistently disappointed. I run a far better law firm. You expect your attorney to think like an entrepreneur. You expect speed, originality and efficiency. You expect regular good news and long-term success. You get that here.
There is also a dark side to running successful companies, and that is having to defend your turf. Both for my own companies and for clients, I have dealt with battles over board seats and control, purchase and sale of companies including heavy due diligence, international compliance with privacy and employment laws, Know Your Customer issues, employees and competitors stealing trade secrets and other intellectual property, recruiters getting "trojan horse" employees into companies to discover and poach valuable talent, and hundreds more issues.
I deal with all stages of the company lifecycle from startup to growth to maturity to bankruptcy and dissolution. Go ahead and call me. Even if we don't do business, I can probably introduce you to the right people, if you have accomplished some level of success and it makes sense to do so. Please also feel free to take a look at my Linkedin profile.
Bradley Bailyn is a leading New York City attorney whose practice focuses on business, finance & real estate.