Friday, April 29, 2011

Twitter wants a Corporate Counsel

Social Media network Twitter has a job posting for "Corporate Counsel". Apply here.

Corporate Counsel
Full-Time — San Francisco, CA

About This Job

Come be one of the first corporate, securities and acquisition counsel in Twitter's growing legal team!

You'll have a diverse range of responsibilities, including corporate structuring, finance, governance, equity and acquisition issues. You'll help set the culture and approach of the legal department and be an important part of our very small company.

We're looking for an experienced attorney who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with broad responsibility. You need to bring legal smarts, business sense and a good personality because you'll be dealing with challenging legal issues and helping to shape our business strategy.


Support corporate ļ¬nancing activities
Assist with corporate governance and Board matters, including preparation for Board and committee meetings and implementation and oversight of corporate policies
Support mergers and acquisitions from structuring the offer to closing the deal
Educate and advise the company on corporate and securities law
Work with the finance department on stock option and other equity issues
Plan and oversee corporate structure, including formation and maintenance of domestic and international subsidiaries

At least seven years (though more, even much more, is welcome) of relevant experience with at least five years of relevant great law firm experience
Demonstrated sound business and legal judgment
Entrepreneurial mindset: flexible, self-starting and hard-working
Comfortable working in a company experiencing rapid growth
Strong written and oral communication skills
JD, bar admission and good academic record

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Distress Warrant Result in Kane County

As you may recall, I had posted about our distress warrant months earlier. The one that we executed in DuPage ended poorly. Aside from the tenants filing bankruptcy, I detected a great deal of hostility from the judges in DuPage county. They were clearly taken back by this remedy and didn't really know how to respond to it. One judge who we were discussing the topic with told us that in her many years of serving on the bench she had very rarely dealt with a distress warrant. Of course, this made me nervous because we had executed one in Kane County also. In Kane County, a tenant who owed well over 100K hadn't made so much as a partial payment in over a year. As in DuPage, the Landlord entered the premises, issued the warrant and seized some commercial inventory and equipment.
As a side note I should mention that although I was the one stepping up in court and preparing some of the documents, I was not the attorney of record on these cases. The decision to use this remedy was made solely by one of the attorneys I am working with. So, while it was stressful at times, I was never too worried since I wasn't the one who was gonna take the heat for making these decisions.
The situation in Kane County was exacerbated by the fact that we had a hard time serving the tenant and once we finally served him, he had all kinds of attorney drama. First, he was pro se, and then he had one attorney who got ill and managed to delay the case for about three months. Eventually that attorney withdrew. Once he was pro se again, he never showed up in court. When I went to court last week, I waited until the end of the call because I wanted to give as much time as possible for the tenant to show up. I was worried that the judge was going to be strict given the aggressive nature of the action. Finally, I stepped up and asked for a default against the tenant. The judge looked at the complaint one more time after verifying proof of service and I could tell she was unfamiliar with the subject of distress warrants. She picked up one of her law books and instructed me to hold on for a second. I was nervous that she was gonna try to find some way to deny my request. After a few minutes she closed the book and granted me a default on the tenant and told me to come back for prove up. I was extremely relieved. At the next court date, we will prove up our damages, get a money judgment, and then the sherriff will sell the property to offset the judgment. So, executing and litigating a distress can be done. Nevertheless, as I mentioned before, it is very rare and subject to many dangers. I would still only use this remedy sparingly and in very extreme situations.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Help Fight Homelessness

I am bowling for charity. Please support DuPage County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) in its fight against homelessness. Follow this link to support my team and make your tax deductible donation.