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!

Let’s “Manage by Data” when dealing with COVID19

The time I worked at SEMATECH (a semiconductor industry R&D consortium in Austin) was one my career highlights. I got to work with some of the brightest people in the chip world.

I learned a lot of valuable lessons there, including (i) everything in life involves trade-offs; and (ii) the importance of Managing by Data.

Is COVID-19 Putting Your Trade Secrets at Risk?

Working from Home and an Economic Downturn Are Creating a Perfect Storm for Increased Theft of Trade Secrets.

Use Your Contract to Deal with Recurring Problems

Some industries have problems that happen again and again. Construction has a handful of things that go wrong so often that the U.S. Government created some if-then clauses that go into virtually every government-funded construction contract.