Every course of action should have a strategic purpose and make sense for your business.
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Administrative Contact: Glenda Lipp P /612.604.6634E /[email protected]
University of Tulsa, College of Law, J.D., 2002
University of Minnesota, B.A., Political Science; East Asian Studies and History Minors, 1999
Key to representing a client is understanding its business, goals, and processes. Knowing how your business operates affords me the opportunity to give more complete advice and minimize missed issues or risks. A lesson I learned quickly during my time as in-house general counsel for manufacturing and retail organizations was that a transaction may sound reasonable in a vacuum (or in my case, in a chair behind a desk), but may not be right for your company. I take all the facts available about your business, marry them with the laws and regulations, and then plot a course for moving forward.
At the same time, in all business dealings, there are other parties involved, each of them with their own goals. In these business relationships, though I represent one side, my job is to facilitate transactions – which means there is a give and take. I never want to be a deal-killer. I work to expose the pros and cons, provide a risk analysis, and guide my clients on making an informed decision on how much and what kind of risk they are willing to accept.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two boys – whether it’s traveling, skiing, or attending the kids’ sporting events. I also enjoy playing golf. Many years ago, I received the nickname “Heinz” by my golf team members for shooting a 57 in a 9-hole golf match (which was not good) – I learned more about humility that day.
I studied Chinese in high school; and one summer I had the opportunity to spend a month in China. Aside from the fun of travel and spending a summer away from home, I was struck by the breadth that the world has to offer, how many different approaches there are, as well as how interdependent we are, too. Now, this extends to my law practice, too – I have a deep appreciation for how different businesses and perspectives approach opportunities or issues, as we work toward a common goal.
I have extensive experience advising clients on business and corporate transactional issues, including merger and acquisition documents and agreements, entity selection, preparation of corporate organizational documents, member or shareholder control agreements, buy-sell agreements, vendor and supplier agreements, terms and conditions, transportation and distribution contracts; non-solicitation, non-compete, and employment agreements; and corporate governance documents and minutes.
When working with my clients, whether preparing a full M&A agreement or a simple supply agreement, I also rely on my years as a litigator. No one ever wants a business opportunity to end up in litigation; but, I approach the drafting of those documents with an eye toward how it might play out in front of a judge or jury. It is important to me to provide enough clarity to minimize a potential dispute, or position my client for success if it does arise.
I work with clients to provide legal and compliance advice, manage a wide variety of business relationships, and develop long-range market strategies and risk-management initiatives targeted to driving growth for the business.
Before joining Winthrop, I served as in-house General Counsel, and have first-hand understanding of the demands and opportunities that businesses face. I have advised on issues as varied as M&A, product compliance and labeling, intellectual property, employment, advertising, and more. One of my favorite aspects of my work is partnering with clients to develop a core strategy, and then helping navigate their trajectory forward.
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