Hi! I’m Michael Oswald. I am a business guy who also happens to be a lawyer. I love living in Boise, Idaho! I’ve also had the pleasure of living in Silicon Valley, Colorado Springs, Austin, and Orange County, CA. I started this blog so business owners and senior execs could find actionable guidance on common legal issues. Titles of posts I have previously written include: “The Managerial Overtime Exemption, and How to Keep It,” “Using a Sales Contract that speeds up Getting to Yes,” and “Tone at the Top is Vital for Preventing Sexual Harassment!” I provide a wide range of business-savvy legal services to small and medium companies and nonprofits. I am also certified to teach Real Estate Law by the Idaho Real Estate Commission. My favorite thing to do for a business is to take their standard sales contract and strip it down from an unintelligible 20-page monstrosity to a concise, 3-page doc that is easy for their customers to understand and to sign! I have experience in a number of industries, including Real Estate, Construction, Defense, and Technology (Hardware, Software and E-Commerce). I look forward to collaborating with you!

Construction Project Design – Who Owns it?

Frank mentioned that the A.I.A. contract forms provide that the architect the owner of the copyright in the design of the project, even though the Project Owner (PO) is paying for the design. This means that the PO could face copyright infringement claims from the architect if the PO uses the design elsewhere.

Construction Project Risk Management – the Sooner, the Better!

I participated in the Idaho State Bar Real Property Section’s annual CLE program last week, and got even more value than I expected. Kudos to the section’s officers and to the ISB CLE staff.

Is Your Company Making These Common OT Misclassification Errors?

Employment Law Resources: Littler and ComplianceHR.

Littler, Mendelson is one of the nation’s premier Employment law firms.  I recently took their continuing legal education webinar titled: “Overtime Violations Lurking in Your Company: The Five Most Misclassified Jobs Under the FLSA.”

Assistance Animals – Best Practices for Housing Providers

HUD Issues Best Practices for Housing Providers in Dealing with Requests for Reasonable Accommodation of Assistance Animals.

Divorce Prevention is Homelessness Prevention

Affordable Housing and Homelessness.

I donated several hours of pro bono legal service last year to a local nonprofit whose mission is to increase the supply of high-quality affordable housing in our area. This is a noble calling, in my opinion.

Do You Know How a General Counsel helps Manage Corporate Governance Risks? – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this series, [insert link], I defined the terms corporate governance and general counsel. I also provided the first of four tips on how a GC can help manage corporate governance.

Do You Know How a General Counsel helps Manage Corporate Governance Risks? – Part 1 of 2

What is Corporate Governance?

A lot of people (sometimes including yours truly) use the term “corporate governance” without defining it.