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!

Is Your Written Contract Enforceable? Maybe Not!

I am fond of saying “always get it in writing!”

What is “it?” Anything on which you intend to rely, including some thing as simple as a coffee date. An exchange of emails or text messages dramatically improves the likelihood that you and the other person will show up at the right place, on the right date and time.

Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce

Helping Employers Optimize the Multi-Generational Workforce.

Several law firms have provided excellent Continuing Legal Ed programs in response to COVID19. Morgan Lewis https://www.morganlewis.com/ is one of those firms.

How do you Know you Have an Enforceable Online Contract?

Ecommerce is Up. So is Class Action Litigation.

I recently took a continuing legal education program from the global law firm of Morgan, Lewis. https://www.morganlewis.com/

How did Force Majeure Clauses Suddenly Become “Sexy?”

Dusty Boilerplate no Longer.

The Force Majeure (“FM”) clause has long been regarded as one of those boring old boilerplate clauses that rarely get much attention during contract negotiations. I speak from personal experience!

Fair Housing Act Compliance in the era of COVID19

The Intermountain Fair Housing Council, located in Boise, is a nonprofit organization that (among other things) provides education and training on complying with the federal Fair Housing Act. https://ifhcidaho.org/

Your Business Interruption Insurance May Not Pay for COVID19 Problems

Many of us have had our businesses interrupted as a consequence of government actions to curtail COVID19.  Many of us also have insurance that purports to cover Business Interruption (“BI”).

How can we Mitigate COVID19 Supply Chain Risk?

A New Tool for Supply Chain Risk Analysis.

COVID19 is causing people in industry and government to take a hard look as the subject of Supply Chain Management Risk.

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.