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!

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.

Are You Unintentionally Violating Another Professional’s Copyright?

Reminder – Independent Contractors Usually Own the Copyright. As I explored in Who Owns the Copyright to Real Estate Photographs? and Who Owns the Photo Copyright When One Professional Hires Another?, … Continue reading Are You Unintentionally Violating Another Professional’s Copyright?

How Can Regulatory Reform Increase Affordable Housing?

Lack of Affordable Housing has Reached the Crisis Stage.

We read stories of how a shortage of affordable housing is contributing to a wide array of harms. People from Silicon Valley to Boise are finding it increasingly difficult to find housing near their jobs. This contributes to increased air pollution from longer commutes. It also makes it harder for people to show up on time and sufficiently rested to be productive when they are there.

Drastic Consequences from Seemingly Minor Drug Offenses

The Fair Housing Act Often Protects Former Drug Users from Discrimination.

I write regularly about the Fair Housing Act and its consequences for real estate businesses that violate it.

Fraudulent Leave Prevention is Not Just for Large Employers!

Good Advice on Preventing FMLA Fraud & Abuse.

Jeff Nowak is an expert on the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The Federal FMLA applies to public agencies to private sector employers with at least 50 employees (plus additional qualification requirements).

Fair Housing Act Tip: Reasonable Accommodation Definitions and Examples

What the law Requires.

The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to provide reasonable accommodations for
Tenants who have disabilities. That appears to be common knowledge.

One More Great Reason to Write Great Job Descriptions

Talloo: Collaboration, Boise Style.

I belong to a cutting-edge business development community called Talloo. It is based in Boise, and it combines an online marketplace with small, in-person groups. Each group has a market-specific focus, such as Commercial Real Estate Development, Technology, and Small Business Owners.

Fair Housing Act Tip: Have Written Policies and Apply Them Uniformly

The Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination on Account of Family Status. I recently gave a presentation (graciously provided by the Intermountain Fair Housing Council) to the Brokers Council of Idaho.  … Continue reading Fair Housing Act Tip: Have Written Policies and Apply Them Uniformly

Fair Housing Act Tip: Watch Your Language!

I was asked recently what the owner of a rental house should do about the next-door neighbor who described as “crazy.” I posted that query to the Idaho State Bar’s … Continue reading Fair Housing Act Tip: Watch Your Language!