#BakersDozen is a series of interviews with leading professionals in the fields of law, consulting, finance, tech, and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?
I started my career as a banker actually, doing project finance, but found myself drawn more to the legal aspects and issues surrounding the projects I was working on than the money side. I enjoyed writing and discussing problems with my team so it seemed like a natural fit for me.
What do you do for a living right now?
I am CEO of DomainSkate, a software company that protects companies names and brands online.
What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
Our greatest triumph and success has been getting our first group of customers. It is a terrific feeling to work with a new customer and to feel like you are helping them keep their users and their business safe. What I learned from it is that getting new customers validates your business. For all the hard work you do to build a product and team (from scratch), all of it is to help your clients and grow your business. Getting that first group of clients on board was a terrific validation of our work and I could not have been prouder.
Do you think the legal industry is headed in the right direction, the wrong direction – or which direction?
I think it is headed in a terrific direction. There are more choices for users than ever before and the Internet has made access to legal services more affordable and accessible. There has been a commoditization of some services, but I think overall that has been a good thing as it has taken many tasks that are more administrative than legal and let users access them without having to overpay. Ultimately people can now take more control of their legal services and needs because they have choices and an available market to access.